Liberty Tax Service® is the fastest growing international income
tax service ever, and is supported by an experienced management
team and headquarters staff with over 600 combined years of
tax, franchise, technical, marketing, and management experience.
Many have worked previously for other competing tax franchisors,
and the company has demonstrated its flexibility by continually
adapting to the constant changes in the tax industry.
Liberty’s founder and CEO, John Hewitt, is a nationally recognized
name in the tax and accounting world. He is a veteran of 42 tax
seasons, the founder of two top tax preparation firms, and a former
H&R Block regional director. In 1982, Hewitt founded Jackson
Hewitt, the second largest tax preparation company, and started
its franchise operations in 1986. Under Hewitt’s tutelage, Jackson
Hewitt grew from a local six-office operation to 1,345 offices when
it sold in 1997 for $483,000,000.
Hewitt established Liberty Tax Service® in Canada in September of
1997 when he acquired a Canadian tax franchisor. In tax season 1999,
Liberty operated 35 offices in the U.S. Liberty continues to focus on
the future, with over 3,800 offices in 2011. Liberty is currently the
third largest tax franchise company in the world. Liberty has been
recognized as the fastest growing retail tax preparation company in
the industry’s history having filed over 5,000,000 individual income
tax returns and currently operating over 2,700 offices throughout
the United States and Canada.
Accounting Today magazine named him one of the accounting
profession’s top 100 most influential people for last ten years.
The International Franchise Association (IFA) recognized Hewitt
as Entrepreneur of the Year, an honor presented to “an individual
currently building a successful business venture who exemplifies the
entrepreneurial spirit that franchising represents.” And Entrepreneur
magazine ranked Liberty Tax in the top 20 of their Franchise 500 and
listed it in Inc. 500 Top privately-held companies. Hewitt is also the
only CEO in the tax industry history who has made the Top 100 List
for most influential people while heading two different companies,
Jackson Hewitt Tax Service and Liberty Tax Service.
Hewitt is a highly regarded national speaker, writer and expert in
the tax industry, as well as entrepreneurship and management