January 17, 2012 // Franchising.com // Virginia Beach, VA - Liberty Tax Service marked another milestone as the company held a recent grand opening for its 4000th office in the Tampa Bay area. Since its inception in 1997, Liberty Tax Service has grown to 4,000 offices in the United States and Canada. When rival tax companies reached fifteen years, H&R Block (NYSE:HRB) had 1,700 offices, and Jackson Hewitt (PINK:JHTX) had 1,300 offices. Liberty surpassed the 1000 office mark in 2004. All Liberty Tax offices are open and ready for the tax season, with familiar costumed Lady Liberty wavers signaling that tax season is here.
The 4000th office is located at 927 Lithia Pinecrest Rd, in Brandon, Florida. The owner-operator is Joanna Parichkov, who has 9 Liberty franchise offices in the Tampa Bay area.
“This year has been an exhilarating time of record growth in many areas for Liberty Tax. As we hit the mark of 4000 offices in our operating system, we continue our quest and drive to be the number one tax company in the industry,” said John Hewitt, CEO and Founder of Liberty Tax Service. For the eleventh consecutive year, Accounting Today has named Hewitt one of the Top 100 most influential persons in the tax industry. He has founded two of the top three franchised tax companies.
Liberty Tax Service is the fastest growing retail tax preparation company in the industry’s history. Founded by CEO John T. Hewitt, Liberty Tax Service has prepared over 9,000,000 individual income tax returns. With 42 years of tax industry experience, Hewitt stands as the most experienced CEO in the tax preparation business, having also founded Jackson Hewitt Tax Service. Each office provides computerized income tax preparation, electronic filing, and online filing through eSmart Tax. Liberty Tax Service has been ranked on Entrepreneur magazine’s annual “Franchise 500” every year since 1998.
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