Press Information
For Immediate Release
August 23, 2011 


CONTACT: Martha O’Gorman
Chief Marketing Officer
(800) 790-3863 ext. 8022



 (Virginia Beach, VA)  After an intense social media campaign and the judges’ votes, Liberty Tax Service CEO John Hewitt has been ranked a 2011 Small Business Influencer “Champion.” Small Business Trends and conducted the competition to recognize individuals, companies and organizations committed to and influential in small business success in America.  They reported that there were over 125,000 votes via the website in addition to “thousands more tweets and likes.”  Votes through the website counted 40%, and the votes from the Judges counted 60%.

“John Hewitt is a tough competitor whose passion for winning has escalated Liberty Tax to a national brand name in record time, created franchise ownership opportunities for over 3000 franchisees, and job opportunities for thousands more,” said Martha O’Gorman, Chief Marketing Officer for Liberty Tax Service, and a founding member of the Liberty management team.   

John Hewitt is the Founder and CEO of Liberty Tax Service, the fastest-growing tax service ever.  With 42 years of tax industry experience, Hewitt is the most experienced CEO ever in the tax preparation business, and founder of two of the top three tax companies.  Hewitt launched Liberty Tax in Canada when he and other investors purchased a Canadian tax company September 1, 1997, and then expanded into the United States Hewitt entered the tax industry as an H&R Block tax school student in 1969.  He started his career as a tax preparer, and then became an assistant manager for Block’s Buffalo district.   

Accounting Today has named Hewitt one of the Top 100 most influential persons in the tax industry--ten times.  The International Franchise Association has honored John Hewitt as Entrepreneur of the Year.  Hewitt was also named Entrepreneur of the Year for Virginia by Ernst & Young for 2003.  

John Hewitt’s business success has enabled him to make a difference in the war against world hunger by co-founding two international hunger relief organizations. In 1998, Hewitt co-founded Stop Hunger Now, a non-profit international relief organization that coordinates immediate distribution of food and life saving aid on a global basis. His latest venture is Run for Food, launched in late 2010.  



About Liberty Tax Service     

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.  


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