Every year, Americans are faced with the prospect of tax return preparation. Although many will try to go it alone, every year more turn to a tax consultant like Liberty Tax. Our goal is to provide the feeling of a personal tax consultant alongside the security, confidence, and protection that a large company can provide. Liberty Tax continues to firmly establish its growing presence and increasing market share in the personal income tax industry. There are over 4,500 Liberty Tax Service offices operating in the United States and Canada, where we operate as Liberty Tax Service Canada. Liberty Tax Service started in Canada on September 1, 1997 when CEO John Hewitt acquired a Canadian tax franchisor, U&R Tax Depot. In 1998, the company became Liberty Tax Service and opened 5 offices in the United States. Liberty Tax Service is headquartered in Virginia Beach, Virginia and continues to expand, offering personal income tax service and more in an ever-growing list of locations nationwide. Experience drives every Liberty Tax consultant, and it's experience that has made us capable of such remarkable growth in a short period of time. The knowledge of the management team and headquarters staff totals over 600 years of tax and franchise industry expertise. That's a powerful resource when it comes to developing systems, training programs, and marketing strategies. One of the things that makes Liberty Tax unique is how supportive we are of our franchisees. Our tax return preparation franchise has consistently been recognized as a leader among all franchises, not just personal income tax based businesses. We have been awarded a top spot among franchises by magazines such as Black Enterprise, Poder/Hispanic Enterprise, and Military Times Edge. Accounting Today named Liberty Tax to its "Top Tax Firms" list in 2010 and in 2011. Liberty Tax Service has been ranked as one of the top franchise opportunities on Entrepreneur magazine’s annual Franchise 500 every year from 1998 to 2012. Founder and CEO John Hewitt is a nationally recognized name in the tax return preparation and accounting world. He is a veteran of 44 tax seasons, the founder of two top tax preparation firms, and a former H&R Block regional director. Accounting Today magazine has named Hewitt one of the accounting profession’s top 100 most influential people eleven times. The International Franchise Association honored Hewitt as its Entrepreneur of the Year in February 2006.