Skip to comments.Congress Is About to Ban the Government From Offering Free Online Tax Filing. (trun)
Posted on 04/10/2019 6:46:20 AM PDT by vannrox
Just in time for Tax Day, the for-profit tax preparation industry is about to realize one of its long-sought goals. Congressional Democrats and Republicans are moving to permanently bar the IRS from creating a free electronic tax filing system.
Last week, the House Ways and Means Committee, led by Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., passed the Taxpayer First Act, a wide-ranging bill making several administrative changes to the IRS that is sponsored by Reps. John Lewis, D-Ga., and Mike Kelly, R-Pa.
In one of its provisions, the bill makes it illegal for the IRS to create its own online system of tax filing. Companies like Intuit, the maker of TurboTax, and H&R Block have lobbied for years to block the IRS from creating such a system. If the tax agency created its own program, which would be similar to programs other developed countries have, it would threaten the industrys profits.
This could be a disaster. It could be the final nail in the coffin of the idea of the IRS ever being able to create its own program, said Mandi Matlock, a tax attorney who does work for the National Consumer Law Center.
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When Turbo Tax first came out (decades ago) I electronically filed. I’ve done snail mail ever since.
I find the name of the bill comical.
I noticed that the forms this year would not allow computer input to fill them out like they used to, just plain PDFs..........................
I did it one time, probably 25 years ago...............
Our Government, hard at work for the companies that give them money, while ignoring we-the-people.
Worthless scum, the lot of them.
It would be more honest if it was called “Shaft the Taxpayer First Act.”
I’m another one of the last Mohicans...never filed electronically and G-d willing never will.
Yup, it looks like it should have been named “Taxpayer First to get shafted”.
Too bad we can’t sue Congress for false advertising.
Like all sociopaths they use language for just one purpose 24/7—deception.
“...It would be more honest if it was called Shaft the Taxpayer First Act.....”
Seeing where the RATs & GOPe (UniParty) consider us nothing but the filthy “unwashed masses” nothing surprises me coming out of these vile SOBs. We’re nothing but mere cattle to them to be “milked” every April 15th.
Print hard copy and snail mail.
It’s a very small item, but thank you Congress.
Now, remove the other 999,999,999 things that you do that is outside the purview of Article 1 Section VIII.
The uniparty strikes again.
Trump should veto.
They forgot to put “children” somewhere in the title. That always makes it better.
BTW, CGBG was a great docudrama. :)
Just another example of government by, of and for lawyers, not the people.
It does look like one of those things that would give the globalists a black eye.
I hope he does, and then tweets up a storm.
When government is large and laws complex, there is always an insider there who will game it for money. Its a form of tyranny.
So corrupt we can’t even begin to comprehend how far below the surface the iceberg goes.
The United States... the best government money can buy.
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