Warren Asks FTC, IRS to Probe Tax Companies’ Free-File Services (2)

May 3, 2019, 3:13 PMUpdated: May 3, 2019, 10:13 PM

Sen. Elizabeth Warren and other lawmakers asked the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Trade Commission to investigate whether tax preparation companies are hiding their free services by manipulating search engines.

Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat and candidate for president, charged that companies, including H&R Block and TurboTax, a unit of Intuit Inc., were deliberately directing taxpayers to their paid products and away from the preparation software available at no cost on the Free File Alliance website, a partnership between 12 companies and the IRS that was established in 2003.

She asked FTC Commissioner Joseph Simons to look into whether the ...

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