A new bill could block the IRS from offering free online tax filing

A bill making its way through Congress would permanently stop the United States government from offering free online tax filing, codifying the current system that relies on private services.

ProPublica reported today that the bill, called the Taxpayer First Act, would enshrine the current tax system in law, preventing the IRS from offering a competing service to private online filing offerings like TurboTax. The bill, which has received bipartisan support, passed through a House of Representatives committee last week.

The news comes ahead of Tax Day, which is on Monday, April 15th. As the bill makes its way through the House, a companion bill has also been introduced in the Senate.

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