Liberty Tax Service Urges Taxpayers to Help Haitian Relief Efforts and Help Themselves to an Immediate Tax Break

Liberty Tax Has Partnered with Stop Hunger Now's Efforts in Haiti

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. --(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Taxpayers donating to the Haitian relief efforts can reap an immediate tax break. Donations for the Haitian relief made to IRS-approved charities before the end of February 2010 can be written off on a 2009 tax return. Liberty Tax Service has partnered to aid Stop Hunger Now's immediate relief efforts for the crisis in Haiti. Stop Hunger Now, an international relief organization co-founded by Liberty's CEO and Founder John Hewitt is engaged in response efforts with its partners in Haiti to provide lifesaving food and supplies.

Besides offering donations for each return prepared at participating Liberty Tax locations, many of the offices are holding benefit fundraisers. There are a number of ways that individuals and corporations can make a difference, and make it quickly through Stop Hunger Now. Those interested in contributing monetary donations through Stop Hunger Now for the Haitian relief effort can visit the Liberty Tax Web for more information.

Stop Hunger Now is accepting large in-kind donations including bottled water, food, medical and other life saving items at its warehouse locations. The Norfolk, Virginia location is a prime location with easy port access, and will be a focal point for Haitian in-kind donations and relief efforts. In addition, volunteer manpower and support is needed for Operation Sharehouse food packaging and other activities at Stop Hunger Now warehouses.

"There is so much we can still do to help the Haitian people," said John Hewitt, CEO of Liberty Tax Service. "The government has acted quickly to provide a tax incentive that can help while filing this year's return. Liberty Tax pledges ongoing support and initiatives for Stop Hunger Now, an organization that has quickly responded to the crisis through its partnerships in Haiti."

John Hewitt's personal mission is to end world hunger in his lifetime. In 1998, Hewitt and Reverend Ray Buchanan launched a world crusade against hunger by founding Stop Hunger Now, a non-profit 501(c) (3) international relief organization headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina. Since its inception, Stop Hunger Now has provided over $56 million dollars worth of direct aid and 18 million meals to more than 70 countries worldwide. Its Operation Sharehouse program involves the packaging of nutritious high protein, dehydrated meals at the cost of 25 cents per meal. Operation Sharehouse is a very efficient system that utilizes volunteer muscle and cost-effective methods to get food and life-sustaining items to people in need as soon as possible.

About Liberty Tax Service

Call 866-871-1040 to be directly connected to the nearest Liberty Tax office. Liberty Tax Service is the fastest growing retail tax preparation company in the industry's history. Founded in 1997 by CEO John T. Hewitt, a pioneer in the tax industry, Liberty Tax Service has prepared over 7,000,000 individual income tax returns. With 41 years of tax industry experience, Hewitt stands as the most experienced CEO in the tax preparation business, having also founded Jackson Hewitt Tax Service (NYSE:JTX).

Liberty Tax Service provides computerized income tax preparation, electronic filing, refund loans, and online filing through eSmart Tax. Each office offers customers audit assistance, a money back guarantee, and free tax return checking. The Liberty Tax Service franchise opportunity is #9 on the fastest growing franchises list of the 2010 Entrepreneur "Franchise 500."

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