Jackson Hewitt® Welcomes 2013 Tax Season with Open Doors More Than 6,800 Convenient Neighborhood Locations and Expanded Retail Presence Ready to Help Taxpayers Experience 'Tax Refund Joy'

PARSIPPANY, N.J., Dec. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Jackson Hewitt Tax Service®, the nation's largest privately held tax preparation firm, today announced that its doors will open around the country on January 2, 2013 to serve taxpayers for the 2013 tax season.  With an ongoing presence in more than 2,800 Walmart stores, new locations in most Sears stores, and thousands of Jackson Hewitt storefronts in communities around the country, taxpayers can now head to any one of more than 6,800 neighborhood locations right after the new year to meet with a knowledgeable tax preparer.

"Jackson Hewitt is focused on serving our clients in as many ways as we can, which means we are opening more doors closer to where you live, work and play," said Philip H. Sanford, president and chief executive officer of Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc. "With the 2013 tax season poised to be quite complex with many tax law changes taking place, Jackson Hewitt is encouraging taxpayers to find a convenient location and start the preparation and filing process as early as they can."

Jackson Hewitt is looking to spread joy at tax time to more people than ever. Webster's Dictionary defines joy as, "A state of happiness: bliss," but at Jackson Hewitt, joy means helping taxpayers make the most out of tax time. Jackson Hewitt's tax preparers are experienced in helping clients uncover often-overlooked credits and deductions that can boost their tax refund amount or lower their tax liability – a joy that can only come at tax time.  And with approximately 75 percent of taxpayers eligible to receive an average refund of about $3,000, many people will be feeling that joy in the coming months.

"Last year we put a name to the feeling that taxpayers get at tax time – Tax Refund Joy," Sanford added. "It's that same feeling that we look forward to giving to each and every client that walks through our doors today and every day. We welcome our loyal clients back and invite those who have yet to see everything that Jackson Hewitt can offer, to come into their nearest location. Our preparers understand the individual needs of local taxpayers and are committed to providing quality, accurate tax preparation."

To help clients experience this joy as soon as possible, Jackson Hewitt is making it easier than ever for taxpayers to start their tax returns as early as January 2 this year, with no W-2 in hand. With Jackson Hewitt's free W-2 download service, qualifying taxpayers can start their return before their paper W-2 arrives in the mail. Free W-2 download service is available to all clients whose employers make W-2's available online.

For those taxpayers whose companies do not provide W-2 download, taxpayers just need to bring in their last paystub to start their tax return. Then, when their W-2 arrives, Jackson Hewitt will finalize and submit the return. Taxpayers don't even need to come back to the office to finalize, making tax time more convenient than ever!

To learn if your employer's W-2's are available online, visit your conveniently located neighborhood Jackson Hewitt office.

To find a Jackson Hewitt office nearest you, visit www.JacksonHewitt.com.

About Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc.
Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc. is an industry-leading provider of full service individual federal and state income tax preparation, with more than 6,800 franchised and company-owned locations throughout the United States, including 2,800 located in Walmart stores nationwide, and more than 400 Sears stores in the United States and Puerto Rico in the 2013 tax season. Jackson Hewitt Tax Service® also offers an online tax preparation product at www.JacksonHewittOnline.com. For more information, or to locate your neighborhood Jackson Hewitt® office, visit www.JacksonHewitt.com or call 1-800-234-1040. Jackson Hewitt can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

Contacts:
Jennifer Minchin
Jackson Hewitt Tax Service
(973) 630-0737
Jennifer.minchin@jtax.com

Melissa Connerton
CooperKatz & Company
(917) 595-3039
mconnerton@cooperkatz.com    

SOURCE Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc.



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