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.
Both the IRS and its inspector general are investigating the partnership with the tax software industry in response to ProPublica’s reporting.
In letters to the IRS and the FTC, the senators are seeking inquiries into whether the companies have deceived customers and violated restraint-of-trade laws.
An internal document and current and former company employees show the companies steered customers away from the government-sponsored free option and made them pay.
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Si le pagó a TurboTax, pero ganó menos de $34,000, podría obtener un reembolso de la siguiente manera.
“Solo tuve que mencionar ProPublica”, dijo un lector.
¡Síganos mientras tratamos de hacer la declaración de impuestos gratis en TurboTax!
The makers of TurboTax as well as H&R Block promised the IRS to offer free filing for many Americans. But they have kept Google from seeing it.
“I just had to mention ProPublica,” one reader said.
Come along as we try to file our taxes for free on TurboTax!
The attention comes after ProPublica reported on the provision.
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.
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.
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.
Intuit and its allies are continuing to work against proposals for what’s known as return-free filing.
A recently introduced bill would ban the IRS from offering free tax prep software.
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.