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Some want tax filing to be difficult

April 15, 2013

In Sweden, Denmark, and other nations, their version of the IRS lets taxpayers confirm an automatically generated return, or amend it, or file one of their own. The large majority of people without special deductions or odd investment income simply sign-off and are done. Presidents from Reagan to Obama have endorsed the idea for the US. Tax prof Paul Caron asks, why not here? And tells the answer: simplifying the process is opposed by some groups, including Inuit, the makers of TurboTax, and Grover Norquist, who never gets anything about taxes right. It wouldn’t help me, since I regularly need a Schedule C and Schedule D. But it would make April easier for most Americans.

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  1. April 16, 2013 1:40 pm

    FWIW, the IRS has been behind the ‘automatic return’ for a very long time. And that Intuit opposes it… Yeah, they’re a bunch of dirt-bags. Ask any CPA or business owner who has had to deal with them and their abusive QuickBooks software on a professional basis.

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