Tax Season Officially Begins!


Press Information
For Immediate Release
January 30, 2013 


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Tax Season Officially Begins!
Liberty Tax Service Begins Transmissions to the IRS

Virginia Beach, VA (January 30, 2013) – The IRS began e-filing this morning at 9:00 sharp after a lengthy delay to the start of tax season. Liberty Tax offices nationwide are busy filing tax returns on behalf of their clients. 

“The wait is finally over,” said CEO and founder of Liberty Tax Service, John Hewitt. “This has been an epic beginning to tax season 2013.” Hewitt, starting his 44th tax season, stated this season was “the worst delays in filing I have ever seen.” 


In 2012, e-filing began on January 17 with over 80 percent of taxpayers using this filing method. January 22nd was the original date the IRS planned to open electronic filing this year. However, to reflect the last-minute tax changes Congress made to avoid the fiscal cliff, the IRS has scrambled to update forms and make programming changes to its processing systems. 

The IRS reiterates that taxpayers will receive their tax refunds much faster by e-filing their return. However, some filers will have to wait a little longer, as the IRS has not yet released all their forms.



About Liberty Tax Service                   

Founded in 1997 by CEO John T. Hewitt, Liberty Tax Service is the fastest-growing tax preparation franchise ever. Liberty Tax Service has prepared over 10 million individual income tax returns to date. Liberty Tax Service and its nationwide network of over 30,000 tax preparers are ready to offer their assistance at any time.


According to the International Franchise Association’s Franchise Business Economic Outlook, the number of franchise units in the United States declined from 2009 until 2012. Currently there are approximately 27,000 fewer total franchise establishments operating in the United States than there were in 2008. (774,016 in 2008 compared to 746,828 in 2012). In spite of this downward trend, Liberty Tax Service increased its number of locations from 2,695 in 2008 to 4,183 in 2012.  

Liberty Tax Service stands behinds community enrichment efforts by sponsoring various non-profit organizations and urging their employees and franchisees to give back to their communities. To extend that community support, Liberty also offers an online tax service, eSmart Tax, which enables some to do their own taxes wherever there’s a computer. eSmart Tax is backed by the tax professionals at Liberty Tax Service and its nationwide network of over 30,000 tax preparers, ready to offer their assistance at any time.