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Congress Is About to Ban the Government From Offering Free Online Tax Filing. Thank TurboTax. — ProPublica
Your regular reminder that lobbying by tax-preparation agencies has ensured that US taxation is an overcomplex mess which requires you pay a third party to operate:
Intuit and H&R Block last year poured a combined $6.6 million into lobbying related to the IRS filing deal and other issues. Neal, who became Ways and Means chair this year after Democrats took control of the House, received $16,000 in contributions from Intuit and H&R Block in the last two election cycles.
intuit  hr-block  taxes  us-politics  lobbying  sleaze  irs 
13 days ago by jm
Intuit and H&R Block Are Spending Millions to Keep Us From Having Simpler Tax Forms
I noticed this when I was living there -- it was nearly impossible to file a 1040 without help, and this is why:
Intuit spent more than $2 million lobbying last year, much of it spent on legislation that would permanently bar the government from offering taxpayers pre-filled returns. H&R Block spent $3 million, also directing some of their efforts toward the bill.


On the upside, with H&R Block it's reasonably easy. Just pretty unpleasant that it's a requirement and effectively private-sector taxation as a result.
h-r-block  intuit  taxes  us-politics  lobbying  scams  usa 
march 2017 by jm

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