Bryson City Family Wins Liberty Tax’s My Refund Story Contest


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March 23, 2012 


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Bryson City Family Wins
Liberty Tax's "My Refund Story" Contest

Company is Doubling Their Tax Refund March 22

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 (Virginia Beach, VA)  Liberty Tax has chosen the Cantu family of Bryson City as national winners of the “My Refund Story/Double My Refund Contest.” Miss Liberty Tax, Brittney Wojtaszek  officially presented the check to the Cantus Thursday, March 22 during a surprise visit.  A professional film crew accompanied Miss Liberty Tax to record the story and share it on the “My Refund Story/Double My Refund” website:  

“This family is very deserving of this extra money at this very difficult time for them,” added John Hewitt, CEO and founder of Liberty Tax Service.   

The Cantu Family’s “My Refund Story” Request 

Marlycia Cantu’s daughters are 6 and 4 years old. The older sister has a disorder called Neurofibromatosis that has caused multiple benign tumors in her brain, eye, and spinal cord.  Although she suffers from extreme migraine headaches, sinus tachycardia, and other problems, she’s a straight A student in the 1st grade.  She’s reading at a 3rd grade reading level, but has problem with migraines because of the tumors.   

Marlycia had to quit her job in order to take her oldest daughter to Duke for continuing medical treatments.  She’s going to school online at South University for a health science degree, and said "my daughter is my motivation to do this to work with kids like her-one day I won't have my daughter anymore." Meanwhile, sole breadwinner fiancé Franklin has been out of work on disability for several months due to a torn rotator cuff, so the family income of disability payments only covers 6 weeks at 60% of his pay.  It’s clearly a challenge to have the money to pay mounting medical bills and basic living expenses, and a double tax refund will help. 

About “My Refund Story”  

“My Refund Story” is a national contest that Liberty Tax started in January 2012 and will continue through April 16, 2012. The national search is underway to find the most compelling stories and experiences from taxpayers receiving refunds this year.  Entry details are on the website

About Liberty Tax Service  

Liberty Tax Service is the fastest growing retail tax preparation company in the industry’s history, with over 4,200 offices in the United States and Canada. Founded by CEO John T. Hewitt, 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.  Each office provides computerized income tax preparation, electronic filing, and online filing through eSmart Tax. Liberty Tax Service has been ranked on Entrepreneur magazine’s annual “Franchise 500” every year since 1998.  


Contact: Due to the surprise element of this award, please call Stephen Peek at (757) 646-0460  for the latest details, and to attend the shoot and interview the winners. 

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