H&R Block Inc. unexpectedly dropped Banc One Corp. from its tax-refund-anticipation loan program this week, costing the Ohio-based company a lucrative source of interest income.

Banc One officials said they were stunned by the decision. Phillip Sbrochi, a senior vice president in charge of national retail lending at Bank One Columbus, said the bank will continue to make taxpayer loans by allying itself with other tax preparers.

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