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Make TurboTax obsolete. Free tax filing for all!

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    Make TurboTax obsolete. Free tax filing for all!

    Petition to the Biden Administration and Internal Revenue Service:
    We support the new Direct File program that would allow taxpayers to file for free. We urge you to continue pursuing the program until it’s available to all Americans.

    Giant tax prep company Intuit, which owns TurboTax, has spent years trying to stop the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from creating a free, public, electronic tax filing program for all Americans.1 In fact, over the last 20 years, the tax prep industry has spent a whopping $90 million on corporate lobbying.2

    Tax prep corporations spend all this money lobbying so they can protect their own profits. But the IRS is making progress despite corporate opposition.

    The IRS will pilot its free electronic filing program called Direct File in 13 states next tax season.3 For everyday Americans, this could be a huge breakthrough — but the IRS could be facing the tax prep industry’s fiercest lobbying campaign yet, given how close the government is to making TurboTax obsolete.

    Sign the petition: Corporations shouldn’t profit off of our tax filing. Take the IRS free, public electronic tax filing program over the finish line to every American.

    After years of what a Federal Trade Commission lawsuit called Intuit’s misleading TurboTax advertising (and potential fraud), the tax prep industry is continuing its disinformation campaigns. It’s in a full on corporate PR and lobbying blitz trying to protect its profitable platform at the expense of American taxpayers.4

    It’s simple: IRS Direct File will let the average American taxpayer hang on to some of their hard-earned money, so that corporate executives have a little less money for mansions and private jets.

    It’s a no-brainer, and that’s why tax prep corporations are going to pull out all the stops to thwart IRS Direct File — including disinformation and even more lobbying.

    Sign the petition: American taxpayers should be able to file taxes for free!


    1. Senator Elizabeth Warren on Twitter, “Giant tax prep company Intuit wants to stop...” October 13, 2023.
    2. The American Prospect, “Can the IRS Beat the Tax Prep Industry at Its Own Game?” October 20, 2023.
    3. Ibid.
    4. ProPublica, “TurboTax Parent Company’s Latest Argument Against Free Tax Filing: It Will Harm Black Taxpayers,” September 25, 2023.