VIRGINIA BEACH, VA--(Marketwired - Feb 16, 2015) - Liberty Tax, Inc. (NASDAQ: TAX)

Fraudulent filing of tax returns is causing headaches for consumers, and the criminal activity is on the rise. The trend has prompted SiempreTax+ to offer free identity theft protection for new customers who file their 2014 tax return by March 31. In addition, SiempreTax+ will offer these new customers tax preparation at 50% off the cost they paid to any other tax preparation firm last year.

"Identity theft is a real and pervasive issue for consumers today," said SiempreTax+ Founder and Liberty Tax CEO John T. Hewitt. "We know how much trust people put in their tax preparers and we work hard at SiempreTax+ to maintain that trust. By adding this extra layer of security, we are letting hard-working taxpayers know that SiempreTax+ is just as committed as they are to keeping their personal information safe."

Increasingly, taxpayers are finding that identity thieves have fraudulently filed a tax return using their personal information to gain access to refunds. Many of the instances have been linked to online filing, where identification, such as a driver's license and Social Security card, are not required. Taxpayers may be unaware of the identity theft until they attempt to file their return and learn from the IRS that a tax return has already been filed using their personal information.

SiempreTax+ is aggressive in its fight against identity theft. SiempreTax+ consistently evaluates and updates its monitoring software to ensure that it is identifying issues that may flag tax returns. At SiempreTax+ locations, preparers perform a variety of procedures, including checking photo identification, that help make in-office, face-to-face interaction one of the most secure ways to prepare tax returns. In the event that a taxpayer does become a victim of tax identity fraud, SiempreTax+ can help the taxpayer apply for an Identity Protection Personal identification Number (IPPIN), which expands protection for the taxpayer by adding an identity theft indicator on his or her account.

By offering free credit monitoring and half-off tax preparation fees, participating SiempreTax+ locations are going the extra mile for consumers.

SiempreTax+ is unwavering in its commitment to safeguard customer information and in its fight against criminals intent on stealing and fraudulently using personal information.

About SiempreTax+
SiempreTax+ is a national tax preparation brand, focused on serving the unique needs of the Hispanic community. SiempreTax+ is an independent brand under the Liberty Tax umbrella. Liberty Tax, Inc. (NASDAQ: TAX) is the parent company of Liberty Tax Service, founded in 1997 by CEO John T. Hewitt. SiempreTax+ services were announced in 2014, offering a wide array of solutions for English- and Spanish-speaking customers, including driver's license assistance, notary services and immigration help. SiempreTax+ services are backed by tax professionals at locations nationwide. SiempreTax+ also is dedicated to empowering immigrants to achieve financial success in the United States and partners with service organizations to achieve its community mission. For more information, visit SiempreTax online. 

Contact Information:

Jaime Marin
Marketing Manager
(949) 654-5270