Liberty Tax Service Is Ready For Internal Tax Preparer Certification Program


Press Information
For Immediate Release
January 05, 2010


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


(Virginia Beach, VA) With a tax preparer certification process in place since 2007, Liberty Tax Service is poised for stricter IRS standards on tax preparers that may take effect in the next few years.  Liberty Tax took a proactive approach toward professional standardization, customer satisfaction and maintaining the integrity of the Liberty Tax brand by creating its own innovation three-tier skill examination for its preparers. 

The IRS has just announced plans to step up its monitoring of the tax preparation industry with new registration, testing and continuing education standards for tax preparers that will be phased in during the next few years.  The first step the IRS will take is to send out 10,000 letters to tax preparers “among those with large volumes of specific tax returns where the IRS typically sees frequent errors.” 

“Our initial goal is to have every tax return prepared by a certified preparer,” said John Hewitt, CEO and Founder of Liberty Tax Service. “Ultimately, the tax industry will benefit from measures that guarantee the most credible practices for the consumer, and a collaborative effort to fight fraud.”

Liberty Tax tapped resources within its corporate tax and software department, and solicited feedback from franchisees and management to develop its Web-based examination that measure skills of entry and more seasoned preparers. In addition, the examination is a test of the training materials and teaching methods. Since its inception, Liberty Tax Service has complied with states such as Maryland, Oregon and California that have tax preparer standards in place in order to operate and hold tax schools for the public. 

About Liberty Tax Service

Call 866-871-1040 to be directly connected to the nearest Liberty Tax office. 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 7,000,000 individual income tax returns.  With 41 years of tax industry experience, Hewitt stands as the most experienced CEO in the tax preparation business, having also founded Jackson Hewitt Tax Service (NYSE:JTX). 

Liberty Tax Service provides computerized income tax preparation, electronic filing, refund loans, and online filing through eSmart Tax.  Each office offers customers audit assistance, a money back guarantee, and free tax return checking.  The Liberty Tax Service franchise opportunity is #9 on the fastest growing franchises list of the 2010 Entrepreneur “Franchise 500.” 


Liberty Tax Service CEO John Hewitt is available for interview. Contact Martha O’Gorman, LTSChief Marketing Officer at (800) 790-3863 ext. 8022 or