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10 Fastest Franchising Chains that Made It through the Recession (with Baggage)

During the recession, Dunkin' became known for spying on its franchisees

In a who's who list of what this journal considers as some of the most abusive franchise systems over the past few years, Forbes lists the top franchise chains that have sold the most opened franchise units through the Great Recession. It throws in a few strong franchisors to help wash the soiled ones.

Tougher IRS Oversight of Tax Preparers

The Internal Revenue Service is stepping up criminal investigations of tax preparers who file fraudulent returns.

Liberty Tax CEO Talks Mergers and Associations

VIRGINIA BEACH — In this second and final part of an interview with Liberty Tax Service's CEO John Hewitt, he discusses the importance of franchisee associations when it comes to franchisor buyouts.

Liberty CEO Talks Lawsuits & Franchising

VIRGINIA BEACH — CEO John T. Hewitt weighs in on how his franchising firm, Liberty Tax Service, is coping with the challenges of a lack of business loans for franchise owner-operators, the state of California suing the tax preparer and the federal government clamping down on tax refund loans.

Liberty Tax Offers Trial Franchises with Pay

VIRGINIA BEACH — Liberty Tax is offering a trial franchise for would-be franchise owners. Interested franchise buyers will be paid a salary and work in one of 40 company-owned tax offices for seven weeks.