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Jackson Hewitt Tax Service® History

1982: The company founders began operating tax-preparation offices in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

1985: Jackson Hewitt® was incorporated under the law of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

1986: Jackson Hewitt operated 22 offices in Virginia under the service mark "Mel Jackson Income Tax Service."

1988: Jackson Hewitt grew to over 1,000 offices.

1989: Jackson Hewitt granted rights to operate tax offices in 199 Montgomery Ward locations, resulting in the preparation of 36,000 returns in these locations alone.

1995: Jackson Hewitt was named the #1 Tax Service Franchise by Entrepreneur Magazine (NASDAQ: JTAX). Opened tax kiosks in Wal-Mart® .

1997: HFS, Inc. (Cendant® ) acquires Jackson Hewitt.

1999: Jackson Hewitt relocated National Headquarters to Parsippany, NJ, where Cendant's other franchising business units operate. (Jackson Hewitt Technology Group, representing about 1/2 of Jackson Hewitt employees, remained in Virginia Beach.)

2000-2002: Jackson Hewitt doubled the size of the operation in 3 years, growing to over 4000 offices.

2002: Jackson Hewitt Technology Group relocated to Sarasota, Florida.

2004: Jackson Hewitt Tax Service grew to over 4,500 offices is 49 states and the District of Columbia.


Jackson Hewitt® prepares tax returns for customers through over 4,500 franchised offices in more than 49 states, including locations within Wal-Mart®, Kmart®, Staples®, Kroger®, Ralph’s, Fred Meyer, Value City, Meijer, Simon Malls and General Growth Malls. Jackson Hewitt Tax Service was founded in the mid-1980s. Since that time, Jackson Hewitt has expanded from 22 locations to over 4,500 locations, making us the fastest-growing national tax service.

Most Jackson Hewitt offices are independently owned and operated and offer full-service individual tax preparation, electronic filing, refund anticipation loans (subject to qualification), free audit assistance and a tax school. Jackson Hewitt became a subsidiary of Cendant Corporation in 1998. Its main headquarters are in Parsippany, NJ.

We are experts in tax return preparation and processing. We promise fast, accurate, trustworthy professional service on behalf of each customer. Jackson Hewitt® is a leader in electronic filing, with more than 95% of all tax returns filed electronically with the IRS. All federal tax forms that can be electronically filed with the IRS are supported in our software, which includes over 230 federal forms, schedules, and worksheets.

Jackson Hewitt supports all 45 state individual income tax programs in addition to six city programs. Electronic filing provides numerous refund and loan options and additional services to customers, including the ability to deposit refunds automatically into the Jackson Hewitt CashCardSM or into a bank account of the customer’s choice.

  • Income Tax Preparation
  • Money Now
  • CashCard
  • Refund Anticipation Loan (RAL)
  • Accelerated Check Refund (ACR)
  • Assisted Direct Deposit (ADD)
  • IRS Direct
  • Comparison of Jackson Hewitt Refund/Loan Options
  • Balance-Due Payment Option
  • ItsDeductible
  • Basic Guarantee
  • Gold Guarantee
  • Free Audit Assist