Warren, Sanders Sponsor Bill Going After TurboTax & Complexity of Tax Filing
Public-Private Partnerships & the Cost of Tax Filing The following is another instance of the difference between neo-liberal governance and FDR-liberal governance. At present, tax filing — filling out and sending in a prepared multi-page tax return — is complicated and in most cases requires third-party software to complete. The government could do this for you, by filling in your forms with the information they have already, making those forms available online at a secure government web site and letting you add the rest of the data yourself. But under our current neo-liberal government, the IRS doesn’t do that. Instead, the IRS has agreements with vendors in the software industry, including the TurboTax giant Intuit, not to cut into their profit by “competing” with them in “providing free, on-line tax return preparation and filing services to taxpayers.” Even though, as you’ll see below, the IRS is compelled by law to do just that.