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The IRS’s Free File program claims to provide free tax prep services to 70% of taxpayers. But only 3% of eligible taxpayers use it because the companies trick people into purchasing unnecessary products. (That’s why I’ve got a plan to overhaul it.) vox.com/2016/4/13/1141…
It gets worse: A @propublica report & an investigation by my office found that nearly half of the IRS’s Free File companies hide the free option in online search results & direct people to paid products instead. It’s unfair & deceptive. propublica.org/article/turbot…
The FTC should investigate if hiding Free File is unfair & deceptive, and if the companies colluded to rip off taxpayers. And IRS should end its agreements with them & get refunds for taxpayers who paid for services because of these abuses. propublica.org/article/elizab…
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