About Liberty Tax Canada
Every year, more and more Canadians turn to Liberty Tax Service for income tax preparation help. With more offices in more locations every year, Liberty Tax Service continues to gain market share in the highly competitive income tax preparation industry. Liberty Tax Service has more than 4,400 offices in North America, including 270 Liberty Tax Service offices in Canada.
Liberty Tax Service Founder and CEO John T. Hewitt is the personification of “the CEO is the Company” thinking. A veteran of more than 45 tax seasons, Hewitt knows more about the income tax preparation business than anyone. For the last 15 years, Accounting Today has named Hewitt as one of the Top 100 most influential people in the accounting profession. Hewitt is deeply involved in day-to-day operations, franchise development, strategic planning, and doing whatever it takes to assure that every Liberty customer experiences world-class customer service. Hewitt lives by the Liberty Tax Service Mission Statement: "Set the Standard, Improve Each Day, and Have Some Fun!” Hewitt's goal is for Liberty to become the No. 1 income tax preparation company in the Universe by 2020. His goal is shared by thousands of highly motivated franchisees and hundreds of energized corporate employees. Already, Liberty Tax Service is one of the fastest growing international income tax preparation franchise companies ever.
Hewitt started as an income tax preparer for H&R Block while in college in 1969. He was promoted early and often, becoming the youngest Regional Director for H&R Block with responsibility for more than 2,000 income tax preparers in 250 offices. Collaborating with his father, Daniel, Hewitt wrote the first software to computerize income tax preparation at a time when income tax preparation still was done by paper and pencil. Unable to interest H&R Block in computerizing retail income tax preparation, Hewitt made his first entrepreneurial leap, creating his own income tax preparation company, Jackson Hewitt Tax Service, in 1982. Hewitt began with a six-store income tax preparation company in Hampton Roads, Virginia. Eventually, Jackson Hewitt Tax Service would have 1,345 offices across the United States. The company sold for $483 million in 1996, just 14 years after its launch.
A “non-compete” clause in the sale of Jackson Hewitt kept Hewitt from operating an income tax preparation business in the United States until the start of the 1998 tax season. Liberty Tax Service started in Canada on September 1, 1997 after Hewitt purchased U&R Tax Depot, a Canadian income tax return preparation office franchiser.
Hewitt was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2006 by the International Franchise Association, having created two top franchise service companies:Jackson Hewitt and Liberty Tax Service.
Liberty Tax Service, with its experienced management team and corporate staff, has been able to achieve remarkable growth in a short period of time. With more than 600 combined years of experience in the income tax and franchise industries, the Liberty Tax Service management team and corporate staff have expertise in developing systems, training programs, and marketing strategies to the benefit of Liberty Tax Service franchisees.
Liberty Tax Service has surged inthe constantly evolving income tax preparation industry, garnering many accolades in its climb. In 2014, Entrepreneur magazine ranked Liberty Tax Service No. 21 on its “Franchise 500” overall list of best franchises. Liberty was named one of the Top 100 Franchises in Canada by Be The Boss in 2014, and one of the Top 100 Global Franchises by Franchise Direct. Liberty Tax Service is the only income tax preparation service included on Podermagazine's (formerly Hispanic Trends) 2006, 2007 and 2009 elite list of the “25 Top Franchises for Hispanics."
Liberty Tax Service is a brand name recognized for quality income tax preparation excellence. Liberty Tax strives to set the benchmark for customer service in the income tax preparation industry by exceeding customers’ expectations. Each Liberty Tax Service office offers free checking of self-prepared returns, free tax advice, and free review representation. Liberty Tax has franchise opportunities available across North America for people who want an affordable business opportunity and who want to be in business for themselves, but not by themselves.