Although millions of Americans already have access to — and use — free tax filing programs, the IRS is piloting its own platform, Direct File. The new program is only open to a small percentage of Americans and will leave people confused about their eligibility while creating a clear conflict of interest for the IRS….
Ensuring the American taxpayer’s rights, and strengthening our nation’s voluntary tax compliance system.
IRS Direct File is costly and duplicative
The IRS's Direct File "pilot" will confuse and frustrate taxpayers, while giving too much power to the IRS.
- Direct File would require hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer funds annually.
- Tens of millions of taxpayers are already eligible to use free tax preparation through long-standing agreements with commercial tax providers.
- Taxpayers must get through seven screens before they even learn if they're eligible for Direct File.
- The IRS is not equipped to provide the same level of customer service as private companies.
- The IRS has a clear conflict-of-interest when it comes to determining how much taxpayers owe.
The American Coalition for Taxpayer Rights (ACTR) was formed in 2011 by the nation’s leading retail tax preparation and tax software companies and financial institutions, which collectively prepare and file more than 120 million of the 160 million federal tax returns annually. ACTR advocates for taxpayer rights and strengthens America’s voluntary tax compliance system.