How the Maker of TurboTax Fought Free, Simple Tax Filing — ProPublica:
Yeah, I remember about 8 or 10 years ago, Indiana had a nice little state run online tax program that worked great. Do your federal taxes however you like, drop the numbers in the indiana.gov form and you were done.
It worked great, .... government that actually helped people do something.
Then Mitch Daniel's free-market crew decided that it was taking business from real tax businesses and ditched the whole thing. They signed a deal with the big tax companies so that people with incomes under a certain amount can still do their taxes for free (though you have to use a free version of one of the big player's software), the Indiana site is gone. Anyone over a certain income has to pay.
Thanks a lot Mitch.
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