TurboTax’s Covert 20-Year Fight To Stop Americans From Filing Their Taxes For Free

  • Using lobbying, the revolving door and “dark pattern” customer tricks, Intuit fended off the government’s attempts to make tax filing free and easy, and created its multi-billion-dollar franchise.
  • Intuit’s QuickBooks accounting product remains a steady moneymaker, but in the past two decades TurboTax, its tax preparation product, has driven the company’s steadily growing profits and made it a Wall Street phenom.
  •  “For a decade proposals have sought to create IRS tax software or a ReturnFree Tax System; All were stopped,” reads a confidential 2007 PowerPoint presentation. Intuit knows it’s deceiving its customers, internal company documents show. “The website lists Free, Free, Free and the customers are assuming their return will be free…Customers are getting upset.”

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