Tax service company to look at closure of local franchises

Liberty Tax Service officials are to visit Grand Junction, where two offices of the franchise business are closed for lack of rent payments.

“They said they’re going to take care of it,” said Rodney Power, owner of the building at 216 North Ave., in which one of the Liberty Tax Service offices was housed.

Liberty Tax Service officials didn’t return phone calls seeking comment, and the owners of the franchise on North Avenue and at 2502 U.S. Highway 6&50 didn’t answer calls.

Power, however, posted notices on the front doors of the offices demanding rental payment of more than $3,000 total for April and May at each office from Derik J. and Tonia L. Barefield.

Liberty Tax Service gained notoriety over the winter and spring as the offices hired people to dress up as the Statue of Liberty and wave at passers-by.

Grand Junction police said they had no reports of missing tax refunds related to Liberty Tax Service.

Liberty Tax Service, http://www.libertytax.com, is a Virginia Beach, Va.-based income-tax preparation business.


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