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Congress adds insult to injury

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The unconstitutional tax on productivity created to pay the interest on money the Federal Reserve prints out of thin air should be bad enough. But NOOooooo, Congress is now working on preventing the IRS from enabling taxpayers to personally process the paperwork and money transfer via the Internet.

We wouldn’t want the little people funding this scam to have a bit of convenience and relief.

Pretty obvious who the congresscritters work for… whoever will pay them little bonuses above and beyond the generous salary they are given.

H&R Block and Turbo Tax will charge each taxpayer a bit more to cover what they send to the best politicians money can buy.

Thus we pay extra to lobby for paying to file proper papers to pay criminals to use the currency we earn and spend.

Cutting out the middle men certainly seems attractive.

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Congress Is About to Ban the Government From Offering Free Online Tax Filing. Thank TurboTax.

Just in time for Tax Day, the for-profit tax preparation industry is about to realize one of its long-sought goals. Congressional Democrats and Republicans are moving to permanently bar the IRS from creating a free electronic tax filing system.

Last week, the House Ways and Means Committee, led by Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., passed the Taxpayer First Act, a wide-ranging bill making several administrative changes to the IRS that is sponsored by Reps. John Lewis, D-Ga., and Mike Kelly, R-Pa.

In one of its provisions, the bill makes it illegal for the IRS to create its own online system of tax filing. Companies like Intuit, the maker of TurboTax, and H&R Block have lobbied for years to block the IRS from creating such a system. If the tax agency created its own program, which would be similar to programs other developed countries have, it would threaten the industry’s profits.

“This could be a disaster. It could be the final nail in the coffin of the idea of the IRS ever being able to create its own program,” said Mandi Matlock, a tax attorney who does work for the National Consumer Law Center.