Really disappointed to learn how much Intuit is lobbying AGAINST measures to make tax filing easier for individuals.
There are plenty of things in my taxes that the government does not already know about, like I have some self-employment and there is not one thing about it they would already know about. Even though my investment sales are reported, I still have to deal with cost basis. (Even on the covered shares, because the financial company isn't using the same method I am.)
Furthermore, I don't trust the government. You really want them taking control of your taxes? Just like I don't do anything else on "auto," I don't want my taxes on auto. That just gives them more control. I have twice had letters from the IRS saying I owed more tax because of something "I screwed up" on my taxes, and yet, both times they were completely wrong, and I had to waste a ton of my time proving they don't know their own tax laws.
If it was simply my W-2 income, that might be one thing. But it's not. For people who do have simple taxes, they can probably use the free stuff anyway. I can't use any of that stuff. And I can't afford an accountant. (I am an accountant, but I'm not a tax accountant, but I'd be ashamed of myself if I had to hire one.)
Instead of making tax FILING easy, how about the idea of making tax LAWS easier? There was a time when filing taxes was voluntary, but things were a lot more simple then. Keep in mind it was that same government that made it so complicated to begin with!