(Reuters) - H&R Block Inc <HRB.N> said it would discontinue service under its EXPRESSTAX brand, as it focuses on its core tax-preparing brand and services.
The top U.S. tax preparer, which bought the brand nearly 6 years ago, will record a related pretax charge of 2-3 cents in the second quarter, it said in a statement.
"After a thorough review of the EXPRESSTAX business model and its recent performance, we concluded it was no longer a growth driver and therefore not a good fit for our company," CEO Bill Cobb said in a statement.
Kansas City, Missouri-based H&R Block, which sold off its consulting unit RSM McGladrey last month, will invite many of the 269 EXPRESSTAX franchisees to join the H&R Block brand.
EXPRESSTAX attracted early-season filers who tended to opt for financial products like tax-refund loans.
In April, H&R Block lost some clients due to its inability to offer tax-refund loans following a government clampdown on the highly-profitable refund anticipation loans (RALs) that are funded by various banks and are repaid by the borrowers annual tax refund.
Shares of the tax preparer were up 4 percent at $14.03 in pre-market trade. They closed at $13.51 on Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange.
(Reporting by Jochelle Mendonca in Bangalore; Editing by Sayantani Ghosh)