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THREAD: It's almost #taxday, so I want to remind everyone that tax prep software products like TurboTax and H&R Block are vampires that thrive on overly complicated taxes and filing procedures to extract money from people who just want to pay their taxes vox.com/2014/4/11/5603…
These companies and others like them stand to lose billions if filing taxes were ever to become easier, which is why they devote a lot of time and money fighting any measure at the state or federal level that would make filing your taxes less complicated
They build astroturf campaigns designed to make communities think that saving time and money filing their taxes would be a bad thing propublica.org/article/turbot…
And they spend big money lobbying Congress to keep things complicated so that they can suck even more money out of taxpayers' pockets come tax season sunlightfoundation.com/2013/04/15/tax…
This is a dumb, utterly fixable thing that people in other countries don't deal with.
Seeing commercials for these companies' products should send every American into an uncontrollable rage, knowing that their existence signifies profit off costly inefficiency that they pay good money to maintain.
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