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      i commented on a news item at sv and got what seems like a veiled threat in reply. i’ve been banned over there before, do tou think this is appropriate??

      TexasTowelie (61,075 posts)

      Congress about to ban IRS from offering free online tax filing. Thank TurboTax.
      A bill that has support from Democrats and Republicans would prohibit the Internal Revenue Service from ever developing its own online tax-filing service.

      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.

      A week ago, the House Ways and Means Committee, led by U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Massachussetts, passed the Taxpayer First Act, a wide-ranging bill making several administrative changes to the IRS that is sponsored by Reps. John Lewis, D-Georgia, and Mike Kelly, R-Pennsylvania.

      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 industry’s profits.

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      Star Member rampartc (738 posts)

      1. pitiful

      i will never vote for a comgresscritter who votes for this crap. are they really this afraid that people will do their own taxes without paying a preparer??

      Response to rampartc (Reply #1)Fri Apr 12, 2019, 06:57 AM
      MichMan (2,503 posts)

      2. You did see who the sponsors of the bill are didn’t you?

      I hope you aren’t suggesting they should be primaried due to this one vote.

      Response to MichMan (Reply #2)Fri Apr 12, 2019, 07:06 AM
      Star Member rampartc (738 posts)

      3. yes i am so suggesting, and don’t much care if i take a hide for it.

      do you think the lobbyists convinced the congrsscritters with logical reasoning or “enlightened self interest?”

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