The TurboTax Trap

How the Tax Prep Industry Makes You Pay

ProPublica has long detailed how Intuit, the maker of TurboTax, and other companies have worked against making tax preparation easier and less costly. They have lobbied to ban the IRS from offering free, simple tax filing. And they have deceived customers who should qualify for the Free File product.

Congress Is About to Ban the Government From Offering Free Online Tax Filing. Thank TurboTax.

A bill supported by Democrats and Republicans would make permanent a program that bars the IRS from ever developing its own online tax filing service.

Why Are Millions Paying Online Tax Preparation Fees When They Don’t Need To?

Few taxpayers use the Free File system — intended to help moderate- and low-income filers — and that benefits companies like Intuit and H&R Block. Now Congress is moving to make the program permanent.

Filing Taxes Could Be Free and Simple. But H&R Block and Intuit Are Still Lobbying Against It.

The makers of TurboTax and other online systems spent millions lobbying last year, much of it directed toward a bill that would permanently bar the government from offering taxpayers prefilled filings.

TurboTax Maker Linked to 'Grassroots' Campaign Against Free, Simple Tax Filing

Intuit and its allies are continuing to work against proposals for what’s known as return-free filing.

Republicans and Dems Come Together — to Keep IRS From Competing with TurboTax

A recently introduced bill would ban the IRS from offering free tax prep software.

How the Maker of TurboTax Fought Free, Simple Tax Filing

Intuit, producer of the top-selling tax software, has opposed letting the government do your taxes for free – even though it could save time and headaches for millions of filers.

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