Jackson Hewitt ( JTX) said early-season tax filings rose 11% from a year ago and guided in line for the year ending next month.The Parsippany, N.J., tax service said it expects to make $1.51 to $1.56 a diluted share for the year on revenue of $260 million to $265 million. Revenue will include $1.7 million related to an agreement with Santa Barbara Bank & Trust and diluted EPS is estimated to include 3 cents a share related to that agreement, offset by a nickel-a-share charge for the refinancing of debt in the first quarter. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial were looking for a profit of $1.57 a share on revenue of $259 million. For the first two months of the year, the company said its network prepared 2.7 million tax returns, up 11% from last year. Excluding the effect of an extra weekday in the third quarter of this year as compared to the fourth quarter of last year, tax returns grew by 10.1%, which is in line with management's prior guidance of 10%. The news comes in the wake of weak early-season guidance from rival H&R Block ( HRB).