On September 1, 1997, tax legend John Hewitt acquired a Canadian tax franchisor, U&R Tax Depot. In 1998, the company opened five offices in the U.S. and became Liberty Tax Service.
Today, we have more than 4,000 Liberty Tax Service offices in the United States and Canada, and we prepare more than two million individual tax returns annually. Our headquarters are located in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Our mission remains the same as when we first opened: offer the flexibility of a personal tax consultant and the security of a large, established company. We continue to provide our unique range of tax preparation services and expand our presence in the competitive personal income tax industry.
Known for the total support we provide our franchisees, our tax return preparation franchise is consistently recognized as a leader among all franchises, not just personal income tax-based businesses. We’ve been ranked as one of the top franchises on Entrepreneur magazine’s annual Franchise 500 list every year since 1998, including a Best of the Best award in 2016. We’re also listed in Bond’s Top 100 Franchises. Accounting Today named Liberty Tax to its Top Tax Firms list in 2016. And we’ve been awarded a top spot among franchises by Black Enterprise, Poder/Hispanic Enterprise, and Military Times Edge.
Founder and CEO John Hewitt is nationally renowned in the tax return preparation and accounting business. He’s a veteran of more than 45 tax seasons, the founder of two top tax preparation firms, and a former H&R Block regional director. Accounting Today magazine named Hewitt one of the accounting profession’s top 100 most influential people 11 times. And the International Franchise Association has honored Hewitt as its Entrepreneur of the Year.