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IRS Shrugs Off Watchdog’s Call for More Free Tax Filing Options

April 28, 2022, 5:30 PM

The IRS said it doesn’t think a free public tax filing system would be a significant improvement for taxpayers, disagreeing with calls by a government watchdog to develop more free options.

Currently, the IRS partners with private tax software companies that offer free tax prep software to low- and middle-income taxpayers. The Free File program has come under increasing congressional scrutiny following reporting by ProPublica about tax-prep companies’ marketing practices that directed the public to paid products.

A Government Accountability Office report released Thursday outlined several challenges facing the Free File program, including a low usage rate and the ...