>Smart Tax was featured in the Stamford Advocate discussing the brand’s aggressive expansion plans into the Connecticut market specifically focusing on Fairfield County. Smart Tax plans to develop five locations in Stamford and 15 throughout Fairfield County. Nick Rizzi discussed his entrepreneur story in founding Smart Tax after being blocked out of many of the established tax preparation franchises. Rizzi launched Smart Tax as a franchise in November 2009 and by tax season 2010, he had 10 locations already open and operating. Now, Smart Tax will have 29 offices open for tax season 2011 and plans to have 100 locations open for tax season 2012. The article delves into why Connecticut is an attractive market for the brand and the tremendous potential for growth.

SmartTax slated for Fairfield County
Michael C. Juliano, Staff Writer

SmartTax may soon be coming to a neighborhood near you.

Nick Rizzi, a financial planner from Brooklyn who since 2004 opened 10 SmartTax locations in New York City, plans to open another five outlets of his new tax preparation franchise in Stamford, and establish another 15 locations throughout Fairfield County in his goal to open 100 stores by 2012.

“I was sitting at my desk at a bank one day and a bus went by with a sign that said `Learn to do taxes,'” said Rizzi, who took it as cue to enroll in an H&R Block class on tax preparation. He learned the office where he was taking the class did 2,000 returns a year at $220 a pop. “I thought to myself that this sounds like a great business.” (Read More)