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    "Free" Tax Filing Scam

    The procrastinator that I am, I waited til the last minute to file my tax returns. I used Intuit Turbo Tax, and checked the "free" option. After several minutes of entering, and re-entering information, I arrived at a page that informed me that I couldn't continue with the "free" edition, and in order to continue, I'd have to upgrade to Turbo Tax Deluxe for $49.95, which can be conveniently deducted from my refund. WTF, I have the most basic tax form, 1040EZ, standard deduction. Now what? Try some other "free" filer, Tax Slayer, H&R Block? Enter, and re-enter my info, for what? To be baited and switched into paying for their "free" filing. I swallowed hard, and upgraded. Other than having to put my shoes back on to retrieve my wallet and driver's license from my car, everything else went smoothly. At the end I noticed not only was $49.95 deducted from my refund, there was also a fee to receive my refund on a debit card, and something else I can't remember, and can't access now. The total deduction from my refund from my "free" filing amounts to $142!

    In the past few years my federal refund was filed free, and there was a charge to file state. It was $30 or so. Fair enough, I guess. My question is. Why do I need to go through a third party to file my tax returns? I can get the necessary forms from the post office, or online, fill them out, and file them for the price of a stamp. Why can't I do this electronically through an IRS website? This is bullshit. To get baited and switched into paying these assholes makes it even worse. I blame the government, what a scam. I will be filing paper returns next year. Progress?



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    I got screwed by that once. Just use OLT.com. It's really free if you make less than 66k, or something like that?

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    I mean what are you gonna pay your CPA??? I use turbo tax, I have W2s, 1099s etc. every year always the $150 which is cheaper than any local cpa, and comes with full audit protection etc. It’s really nothing by today’s standards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ol Dirty Noodle View Post
    I mean what are you gonna pay your CPA??? I use turbo tax, I have W2s, 1099s etc. every year always the $150 which is cheaper than any local cpa, and comes with full audit protection etc. It’s really nothing by today’s standards.
    It's bait and switch, it's unethical, and requiring you to use a for profit third party to file reeks of collusion. You should be able to file directly with the IRS electronically. You don't send a paper file to someone to send to the IRS. Am I missing something? I'm not looking for someone to do my taxes, I just want to file the f'n thing. My taxes couldn't be more basic. When I was told I couldn't continue with the free version, I have to assume no one can.

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    There is only one way to e-file for free the way you’re talking, I forget exactly how you go about it, maybe through irs.gov?

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    My sons were able to use the free turbo tax file. Mine is a little more complicated so I did the next one up


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    "Free" Tax Filing Scam

    https://www.npr.org/2019/04/15/71338...-filing-system

    According to this article you have to be below a certain income threshold to be able to use the free TurboTax.

    They don't want to let their core business go...

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    Man, sorry to hear that. What a pain. Also just heard on NPR that Congress, in its infinite wisdom, is considering stopping the IRS from providing free software for tax filing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thetrailboss View Post
    Man, sorry to hear that. What a pain. Also just heard on NPR that Congress, in its infinite wisdom, is considering stopping the IRS from providing free software for tax filing.
    Most governments have a computer send out tax bills to everyone, which a hand full of people challenge. But we get the new postcard thing

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    Quote Originally Posted by benski View Post
    Most governments have a computer send out tax bills to everyone, which a hand full of people challenge. But we get the new postcard thing
    Was it Ross Perot who wanted folks to do their taxes on a postcard?
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