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John Hewitt

Tax icon and founder of Liberty Tax shares ways to save money on taxes in 2009

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Liberty Tax Service CEO John Hewitt remains an influential icon in the tax industry, nationally recognized as an entrepreneurial visionary with a blueprint for tax industry success.  For the tenth time, Accounting Today has named Hewitt one of the Top 100 most influential persons in the tax industry.  Accounting Today also recognized Hewitt on its Top 100 list while he was CEO of Jackson Hewitt Tax Service.  Hewitt founded two of the top tax franchises:  Liberty Tax Service and Jackson Hewitt Tax Service.

The International Franchise Association honored John Hewitt as Entrepreneur of the Year in February 2006. Hewitt was also named Entrepreneur of the Year for Virginia by Ernst & Young for 2003, and is a veteran of 40 tax seasons with Liberty, Jackson Hewitt, and H&R Block.  He is personally committed to fighting hunger on a global basis, and he

John Hewitt’s roots in the tax industry date back to 1969.  While a college student, he enrolled in a non-curricular course that would change his life, and have a profound effect on the tax industry.   He took the H&R Block tax course, and described it as “the most interesting course I’ve ever taken.”  Hewitt started as a tax preparer, and then began his climb up the H&R Block management ranks.  He became assistant manager for Block’s Buffalo district the following year.  After a stint as a district manager in Elmira, New York from 1975 until 1980, Hewitt advanced to a position as regional director, the youngest ever in the Block operating system.  Hewitt managed over 2,000 preparers in 250 offices in one of Block’s largest districts. 

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