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.

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