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Maker of popular tax software fights free, simple tax filing

Collaborative reporting between ProPublica and NPR reveals that Intuit, the company behind America's most popular tax software, TurboTax, has long fought efforts to establish an easier, free tax filing system in the U.S. Similar systems already exist in Denmwark, Spain and Sweden, and advocates for such a system say it could save millions of taxpayers a collective $2 billion in tax peparation costs.

The idea, which has at times been endorsed by both Ronald Reagan and President Obama, has also "been opposed for years by the company behind the most popular consumer tax software — Intuit, maker of TurboTax. Conservative tax activist Grover Norquist and an influential computer industry group also have fought return-free filing."

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