An IRS-prepared tax return could shortchange taxpayers — here’s what you need to know

The Internal Revenue Service just announced that it is developing government-run tax preparation software, with the likely goal of creating pre-populated tax returns.

Advocates claim that most people’s taxes are very simple and that the IRS already collects — or can gain access to — the information needed to prepare their returns. They also claim that pre-populating tax returns with this information would save taxpayers time and money and simplify the tax filing process. But would it?


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 155 million federal tax returns annually. ACTR advocates for taxpayer rights and strengthens America’s voluntary tax compliance system.

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