Intuit Still Lobbying Hard To Stop Governments From Making It Easy To File Taxes
from the corporate-culture dept
Earlier this year, we wrote about how much effort Intuit has put towards blocking proposals to have the federal government send you pre-filled out tax forms. After all, the IRS already has your information, so why not just send you a form with all of your details filled in, let you check it over for any mistakes, errors or omissions, sign it and send it back? It would save a whole lot of hassle, and certainly would avoid problems caused by simple mistakes. But, of course, if the government made it easy to pay your taxes, why then, Intuit wouldn’t be able to sell as many copies of TurboTax. So it’s been fighting it all along.
Of course, some states have already implemented similar systems for state taxes, and Intuit then goes on the lobbying offensive to try to repeal those laws. Reader Xan points us to an LA Times story about the lengths to which Intuit is going to try to kill off a highly successful set of programs in California that have made it much easier for many, many, many residents, while at the same time saving the state millions of dollars. It’s a clear win-win.
Well, except for Intuit.
Intuit is lobbying hard for California to ditch this tremendously successful program that helps both tax payers and the state, and replace it with a different program that… helps Intuit. It would offer a much more limited offering to many fewer people, mostly designed as an upsell to get people to pay for TurboTax. And, while Intuit hasn’t been successful yet, it has been spending plenty of money supporting California state politicians on both sides of the aisle to try to find support for its efforts.