August 15, 2011 // Franchising.com // (Virginia Beach, VA) For a fifth time, Liberty Tax Service has been named on the elite list of "Best Franchises for Hispanics" published by Poder 360, formerly Hispanic Enterprise magazine. The rankings were based on surveys conducted with over 3,500 franchisors to determine the number of Hispanic-owned franchise offices and top managers who are Hispanic.
"It is our goal to continue to offer an affordable chance at the American dream of business ownership to all enterprising persons who are ready to embrace our proven Liberty operating system, and be aggressive competitors in this industry," said Liberty Tax Service CEO and Founder John Hewitt.
In 2004, Liberty Tax Service launched a Hispanic Services Division to provide better communications, understanding, and customer service to its existing and emerging Hispanic communities across the United States. Franchise owners are trained to cover issues that specifically pertain to Hispanic taxpayers, and take responsibility for going the extra mile to assist clients with navigating through the steps of the Federal tax filing system and ITIN preparation. To foster education as a key component to the growth and economic strength of Latino communities in the United States, the Hispanic Services Division created the Una Familia Sin Fronteras educational initiative and Foundation. An alliance with the White House Initiative Team has been instrumental in bringing vital education resources to the Hispanic communities served by Liberty Tax Service.
"As a Latina, I am very impressed with Liberty's sincere commitment to provide Hispanics with business growth opportunities," says Martee Pierson, Director of Diversity Programs for Liberty Tax Service and Executive Director of the company's Una Familia Sin Fronteras Foundation that provides fiscal and financial education to Hispanics across the nation. "Through our unique, multi-level corporate Hispanic educational initiative -- Una Famlia Sin Fronteras (A Family Without Boundaries), in tandem with the efforts of our Foundation by the same name, Liberty has successfully reached hundreds of thousands of Latinos across the U.S. with vital fiscal and financial information that will help them thrive instead of just survive in the U.S. Liberty was the first corporation to create this type of consistent national educational outreach program to our Hispanics and the only company to create a Foundation to directly support its efforts. It's quite obvious that we take our commitment to the advancement and growth of our emerging-majority, Hispanic population as a great deal more than just lip service," she explains.
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 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.
Liberty Tax Service is the only tax franchise on the Forbes "Top 20 Franchises to Start," and ranks #1 of the tax franchises on the Entrepreneur "Franchise 500." Each office provides computerized income tax preparation, electronic filing, and online filing through eSmart Tax.