Block Financial Corp. announced plans to sell tax preparation software directly through its Web site, known as Conductor.
Block is offering users the ability to download Kiplinger TaxCut for $19.95, a $5 savings from its direct mail price.
When downloaded, the software resides on a user's computer hard drive in a "digital container."
A customer wanting to use the program must first provide credit card and registration information, which is routed to Block through a toll free, direct dial-up connection.
"By allowing consumers to download (these programs), we continue to enhance the array of financial services we can deliver directly to the home," said William P. Anderson, president of Block Financial.