Sunday, November 03, 2019

The IRS Tried to Hide Emails That Show Tax Industry Influence Over Free File Program

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by Justin Elliott and Paul Kiel Oct. 29, 5 a.m. EDT

For a decade and a half, the IRS program to allow most Americans to file their taxes for free has been floundering.

Now, IRS emails obtained by ProPublica help show why: The agency has allowed the tax preparation industry to write the rules.

The IRS tried to hide the documents from public view, initially withholding more than 100 pages of emails between agency officials and industry representatives in response to ProPublica’s Freedom of Information Act request filed in April. The agency released the emails this month only after ProPublica sued.


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