Liberty Tax Service was founded in 1997 in Canada by John Hewitt, co-founder of Jackson Hewitt Tax Service.
Liberty Tax is a franchised chain of tax preparation services known for using guerrilla advertising in the form of the State of Liberty, Uncle Sam, and calculators to attract attention.
In 2009, Liberty Tax was ordered to pay $1.3 million for engaging in unfair business practices related to its refund anticipation loans. It later settled with the Department of Justice over allegations that its franchisee locations inflated some customer tax returns between 2013 and 2018.
As of 2021, Liberty Tax Service is the third-largest institutional tax preparation service provider in the United States and second-largest in Canada.
In August 2022, Liberty Tax sued the creators of the popular Netflix series Better Call Saul saying that the series stole not only their name but the infamous blow-up statue of liberty that is featured in the series.
Liberty Tax Service maintains a corporate office in Virginia Beach, Virginia.