Liberty Tax Service – Una Familia Sin Fronteras Initiative Expands Alliances With Over 400 Hispanic-Serving Institutions Throughout The United States

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Liberty Tax Service broadens reach of educational outreach initiative, providing 1st-generation Hispanic immigrants with tools to achieve greater success

Liberty Tax Service announced that as of July 31, 2011, over 400 alliances have been established through their Una Familia Sin Fronteras (A Family Without Boundaries) Hispanic educational initiative and Foundation with private, public and non-profit organizations. The primary goal of these alliances is to develop programs of value to a broad Hispanic parent base, so that the attendance and interest in educational programs can expand for the organizations, and so that heads of households unfamiliar with the US fiscal and financial systems can learn the values of the economic system in the U.S. and better enter into our mainstream economy.

Key organizations with which alliances have been established include:

  •     23 school districts throughout the United States, including the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the largest in the US, the Kansas City, Missouri School District (KCMSD), Houston Independent School District (HISD), San Antonio (Northside and Southside Independent School Districts), as well as the School Districts of Fresno, Madera and Merced City.
  •     Over 230 “Plazas Comunitarias”, community learning centers affiliated with the Mexican Consulate in the US
  •     50 Mexican Consulates located throughout the United States in areas with a large population of Mexican citizens
  •     Head Start programs offering adult education
  •     Mexico’s most prestigious, international National Autonomous University (UNAM) serving for over 450 years
  •     Institute for Mexicans Abroad (IME), the government ministry that oversees all Consulates in the United States
  •     YWCAs offering adult education programs
  •     Public libraries, women’s organizations, churches, and cultural centers offering adult education programs and seminars
  •     Technical colleges and Hispanic Chambers of Commerce offering small business seminars
  •     Youth soccer leagues that offer educational programs to parents and families

Local fiscal and financial experts from Liberty Tax Service’s unique educational outreach initiative, Una Familia Sin Fronteras, offer financial and fiscal education seminars free of charge throughout the year. In most cases, the alliances with Liberty Tax help organizations provide reliable information to their constituents in the form of brief presentations, computer labs, or seminar series. Programs are tailored to answer the participants’ primary areas of interest, including small business start-up procedures and first-time homeowner information, as well as information about ITINs (Tax IDs for non-residents), the income tax process, and financial aid offerings for students in the US, to name a few. All programs are offered in Spanish, since most of the alliance organizations serve primarily 1st-generation Hispanic immigrant families. However, English languages classes are also available. Many of these seminars also qualify for college credits with the University of Phoenix, so participants can enjoy the excitement of completing a college accredited course!

Franchise owners and their staff across the United States demonstrate their commitment throughout the year to Liberty’s Una Familia Sin Fronteras Hispanic educational initiative by their enthusiastic support and fulfillment of the educational initiatives spearheaded by Liberty’s national Hispanic Programs Team. All Liberty Tax Service professionals teaching classes and making presentations come from offices that have earned the Hispanic Services Seal of Excellence from Liberty Tax, through a rigorous certification program provided by the Una Familia Sin Fronteras corporate team. This certification training ensures that Liberty offices and staff are qualified and trained to provide services to Hispanic consumers. Because of the integrity, success and value of the Una Familia Sin Fronteras educational initiative, Liberty Tax Service has been embraced by nonprofits, educational institutions and governmental entities across the nation, with which private companies are rarely allowed to partner.

“Liberty has focused on ensuring that we provide special services that are very much needed by our new immigrant communities,” explains John Hewitt, CEO and Founder of Liberty Tax Service. “We believe that information provides options, and options provide empowerment. Our Una Familia Sin Fronteras initiative and Foundation were created specifically to bring these much needed values to our Latino neighbors across the U.S.”

Additionally, national alliances have been established by Liberty Tax Service’s Diversity Programs team than enable organizations with important messages for the Hispanic community to provide these messages at no cost. Many of these organizations provide materials that are distributed by Liberty Tax Service professionals at educational events, as well as at weekly “Roadside Fiestas” held at all offices during tax season. Additionally, some of the organizations are invited to appear as guests on Liberty Tax Service’s Community-Oriented radio programs, aired live on a weekly basis in over 40 cities from January through April.

Past programs have included representatives from:

  •     Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
  •     Department of Education (Federal Student Aid)
  •     American Red Cross
  •     March of Dimes

Also in 2011, Liberty Tax Service announced the creation of the Una Familia Sin Fronteras Foundation, the first Foundation in the industry which specifically aims to contribute to Hispanic immigrants’ success through fiscal and financial education. The Una Familia Sin Fronteras Foundation was created to broaden their fiscal and financial education programs currently being offered, as well as to allow other corporations and professionals the opportunity to add their educational experience and expertise to the mix, thereby offering new immigrant communities information that will help them grow financially and more quickly become integrated into the U.S. economic system, ultimately achieving their “American dream.”

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 in the tax preparation business, having also founded Jackson Hewitt Tax Service.

Each Liberty Tax office offers customers audit assistance, a money-back guarantee, and free tax return reviews. An elite group of Hispanic Services Seal of Excellence Certified offices also provide assistance in Spanish and offer many special services geared toward our Hispanic population free of charge, across the nation.

The Liberty Tax Service franchise opportunity is #7 on the list of fastest-growing franchises in Entrepreneur magazine’s “Franchise 500” list for 2011, and was selected as one of the top 25 Franchises for Hispanics by PODER magazine.

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