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Free File, Free For All, Free Fall…

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The IRS is trying to find ways to steer more taxpayers to its Free File online tax preparation service wherein members of 20 tax software companies make their federal online tax filing service available at no charge for taxpayers with income below $54,000 ("IRS asks Intuit, others to expand Free File program,", 9/22/08). This request comes hot on the heels of a report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) recommending that the IRS find ways to be more aggressive in getting taxpayers to utilize this free tax filing service.

The point the taxing authorities seem to be missing is that asking taxpayers to utilize the IRS service is asking them to prepare and file their tax returns without the help of tax professionals who, one hopes, understand the tax laws and can make intelligent decisions for their clients regarding how to utilize the existing tax laws to the best a...(register to read more)

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