Intuit Freaks Out Last Minute Tax Filers By Rebooting Machines

from the oh,-sure,-it-was-was-preventatitve dept

In what must have absolutely spooked out a ton of last minute tax filers, Intuit shut down its computer systems briefly this evening. While they claim that this was "preventative maintenance" in order to "prepare for the heavier volume of electronic tax filing expected later in the evening," that seems hard to believe. It's quite likely that an awful lot of people were already using the system around 5:30 PM on the east coast (even if many east coasters actually get one extra day for tax filing). If you're running a system that you absolutely know is going to get overwhelmed with traffic at a certain time, such as Turbo Tax's e-filing system on tax day, there's no way that you plan to take it offline for 20 minutes on purpose. Perhaps their servers were "sunset" and they were forced to upgrade, as Intuit has been known to do to plenty of customers.

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  1. identicon
    Anonymous of Course, 18 Apr 2006 @ 10:17am

    Re: Fairtax is a lie

    I'm not a fairtax supporter. But you obviously
    haven't read or do not understand the proposal.
    It's a sales tax on /new/ goods and services.
    So your garage sale question is moot.

    I'd like something /like/ fairtax but with no
    exemptions or exceptions and it should be the
    /only/ tax. No income tax, no property tax,
    no fica, medicare...

    Then the revenue stream generated will reach
    a point where increasing the tax will decrease
    revenue immediately. Because the government
    would not be exempt from paying the tax.

    The notion that we can keep increasing taxes to
    cover ever increasing expenditures will be seen
    as false at once. And the decrease phase shift
    will tend to stabilize the system.

    Also it would eliminate political patronage via
    tweaking of the tax code. Which I think is the
    biggest fault of all with the current system of
    taxation. It can never be fair and is a tool of
    both corrupt politicians and would be social
    engineers.

    I believe the fairtax proposal is defective
    because it does not address the issues of
    eliminating patronage and providing proper
    regulatory feedback.

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