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WEST HAVEN, Jan. 12, 2017 — Mayor Edward M. O’Brien cuts the ribbon with Chamber of Commerce Director Alan R. Olenick, left, and Block Advisors tax adviser and office manager William Smith on Thursday, Jan. 12, to celebrate the grand opening of the tax preparation service’s West Haven office in the Professional Centre at 98 Elm St. To mark the occasion, the new office hosted a four-hour networking event in conjunction with 346 Block Advisors offices nationwide, including eight in Connecticut, for small-business owners and other professionals to meet with tax advisers and talk about tax law changes, tax planning, and sales and use taxes. Block Advisors, which offers year-round bookkeeping and payroll services, was launched in January 2016 by H&R Block Inc., a global consumer tax services provider. H&R Block, headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., has about 12,000 company-owned and franchise retail offices worldwide. The company has prepared more than 680 million tax returns since 1955, in addition to offering banking, payroll, personal finance and business consulting services. H&R Block, which has its own consumer software products, also offers online tax preparation and electronic filing from its website. (City Photo/Michael P. Walsh)