UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

______________

 

FORM 8-K

 

CURRENT REPORT

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

Date of Report (date of earliest event reported): December 15, 2017

 

LIBERTY TAX, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in charter)

 

Delaware

(State of Incorporation)

001-35588

(Commission File Number)

27-3561876

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification Number)

 

1716 Corporate Landing Parkway, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23454

(Address of Principal Executive Offices)  (Zip Code)

 

(757) 493-8855

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

 

Not Applicable

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

 

 

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Item 5.02.    Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.

 

On December 15, 2017, Steven Ibbotson submitted his resignation from the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Liberty Tax, Inc. (the “Company”), effective immediately. Mr. Ibbotson served as the chair of the Compensation Committee and as a member of the Audit Committee and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of the Company.

 

In a letter to the Board and Company management, dated December 15, 2017, Mr. Ibbotson indicated that his decision to resign was a result of his concerns with the actions of John T. Hewitt, the Chairman of the Board and former Chief Executive Officer of the Company, as a result of his rights as the sole holder of the Class B common stock and voting control at the Board level. The foregoing description of this letter is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the letter, a copy of which is filed herewith as Exhibit 17.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.

 

Item 9.01.    Financial Statements and Exhibits

 

(d)   Exhibits

 

Exhibit Number Description
17.1 Letter from Steven Ibbotson, dated December 15, 2017.

 

 
 

 

SIGNATURES

 

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

 

 
 

  LIBERTY TAX, INC.
   
Date:  December 18, 2017 By:/s/ Vanessa Szajnoga                                   
        Vanessa Szajnoga
        Vice President and General Counsel

 

 

 

Exhibit 17.1

 

 

December 15, 2017

 

 

 

Liberty Tax, Inc.

1716 Corporate Landing Parkway

Virginia Beach, VA 23454

 

To the Board of Directors and Management:

 

I hereby resign, effective immediately, from the Board of Directors of Liberty Tax, Inc. I made the decision to resign because I materially disagree with certain aspects of how the Company is being managed by Mr. Hewitt as a result of his rights as the sole holder of the Class B common stock and voting control at the board level. Despite my best efforts, I no longer believe that I can have a meaningful influence on the management of the company, and accordingly, I no longer believe that I can be an effective member of the Board of Directors in serving the interests of shareholders and therefore am compelled to resign.

 

Sincerely,

 

/s/ Steven Ibbotson

 

Steven Ibbotson