Tax Prep Companies Spend Millions To Keep Taxes Complicated
The companies that help Americans file their taxes also lobby against bills that would simplify the filing system.By Kate Grumke | April 14, 2016
The companies that claim to make taxes easier spend a lot of money to keep them complicated.
Intuit, which owns TurboTax, has spent $24 million to lobby Congress since 1998.
This money tried to combat "return-free filing" systems, which is a simple tax system used in some other countries. The IRS would send you a filled-out tax form, and you'd just sign off on it, if it's right.