Liberty Tax Service Offers Free Assistance for Puerto Ricans Who Must Apply for a New Birth Certificate

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For Immediate Release
July 30, 2010


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Liberty Tax Service Offers Free Assistance for Puerto Ricans Who Must Apply for a New Birth Certificate

(Virginia Beach, VA) Native Puerto Ricans who must apply for a new birth certificate by September 30, 2010 can pick-up their applications and even can take advantage of free help at Liberty Tax Service.  This new mandate is in effect for Puerto Ricans born on the island who don’t have a current passport and currently reside in the United States.  The goal is to tighten security and prevent identity theft and the fraudulent use of Puerto Rican birth certificates to obtain passports.  Liberty Tax can also provide a speaker on this issue for groups and organizations that may benefit.

“As part of our commitment to serve our customers and community, Liberty Tax will help those affected by this regulation comply by the deadline,” commented John Hewitt, CEO of Liberty Tax Service.

Liberty Tax Service has embraced diversity in its recruiting of Hispanic franchisees, tax preparers and employees, and has greatly expanded its Hispanic Services initiative since an initial launch in 2004. Liberty’s Hispanic Initiative program – Una Familia Sin Fronteras [A Family Without Boundaries] offers cultural education and training to recruit bilingual staff, covers culturally appropriate customer service, provides all staff with opportunities for professional growth and addresses culturally appropriate tax issues. Through this initiative, Liberty Tax Service has also been educating thousands of Hispanic adults on ways to achieve financial and future success in the United States.  The initiative has earned the respect and support of institutions and educational organizations including public school districts, the Mexican government’s Foreign Ministry’s Institute for Mexicans Abroad (IME, or Instituto de los Mexicanos en el Exterior), and national non-profit organizations.

Liberty Tax Service also provides a Hispanic Services Seal of Excellence Certification program that ensures that its offices provide bilingual assistance and are knowledgeable about how to properly serve the Hispanic community. 

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 8,000,000 individual income tax returns. With 41 years of tax industry experience, Hewitt is the most experienced CEO ever in the tax preparation business, having also founded Jackson Hewitt Tax Service (NYSE:JTX).

The company provides computerized income tax preparation, electronic filing, and online filing through eSmart Tax. The Liberty Tax Service franchise opportunity is #9 on the fastest-growing franchises list of the 2010 Entrepreneur “Franchise 500” and was selected as one of the top 25 Franchises for Hispanics by PODER magazine in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010. The company is a member of the International Franchise Association, and an active member of its MinorityFran and VetFran programs.