Jackson Hewitt(r) Tax Service Franchise Owner Honored As A 'Franchisee Of The Year' By International Franchise Association

SOUTH HILL, VA. | Monday, September 17, 2007

Jackson Hewitt franchisee, Chad Barbour, owner of 30 Jackson Hewitt tax preparation service locations throughout North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia, has been chosen by the International Franchise Association (IFA) as a 2007 "Franchisee of the Year." Barbour was recently presented with this award during the IFA's Eighth Annual Franchise Appreciation Day in Washington, D.C. following a nomination by the franchisor, Jackson Hewitt Tax Service.

Each year, the IFA bestows the Franchisee of the Year award on a group of businessmen and women whose work has elevated their brand's reputation and the loyalty of its customers, and who have shown exceptional performance in their respective industries. The award also acknowledges the role each of these individuals has played in helping to strengthen the nation's franchise industry as a whole. This year's honorees were selected from the nearly 10,000 franchisees who make up the IFA membership.

"In his 13 years as part of the Jackson Hewitt community, Chad has clearly demonstrated his business savvy, his drive and his commitment to the entrepreneurial model," said Mike Lister, Chairman and CEO, Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc. "Not only has this focus been present since the beginning, when he prepared taxes for over 1,200 customers in his first season, but it has only increased over time and has earned him a dedicated team of colleagues, staff and loyal customers within the community." Founded nearly 50 years ago, the IFA is the world's oldest and largest franchising organization and is the leading source of information and educational resources for prospective franchise investors. The annual IFA Franchisee of the Year Awards were presented as part of Franchise Appreciation Day, the association's primary grassroots lobbying effort, which offers franchisees and franchise systems the opportunity to meet with congressional lawmakers to discuss key issues facing the franchise industry, such as small- business health plans, immigration reform, wages and tax burdens.

"It's an honor to be acknowledged in this way for work that I greatly enjoy," said Barbour. "When I decided to become a part of the Jackson Hewitt team years ago, I had no idea that an international organization like the IFA would recognize my efforts. This is a testament to how getting involved in a franchise organization was one of the best business decisions I made. It has brought me not only success, but also personal gratification." Barbour operates Jackson Hewitt Tax Service(R) offices in several communities throughout North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. To find the nearest location or for more information, call 1-800-234-1040.

About Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc.

Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc. , with over 6,500 franchised and company-owned offices throughout the United States during the 2007 tax season, is an industry leader providing full service individual federal and state income tax preparation. Most offices are independently owned and operated. The Company is based in Parsippany, New Jersey. More information may be obtained at www.jacksonhewitt.com. To locate the Jackson Hewitt Tax Service(R) office nearest to you, call 1-800-234-1040.

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