H&R Block left the Free File Alliance partnership with the IRS. Has anyone been able to finish the tax preparation process with H&R Block’s independent “free” service? : personalfinance
Quotes from article on Bloomberg Tax “IRS’s Free File Partners Moving Forward Without H&R Block”, June 2020
H&R Block has been a part of that alliance for almost two decades, alongside other well-known companies such as Intuit Inc., the maker of TurboTax.H&R Block will exit the program in October, Jeffrey J. Jones, its president and CEO, said this week on an earnings call.The Free File program has been plagued by controversy following ProPublica’s reporting that some participants, including H&R Block, deliberately hid available free filing options and actively steered customers into paid products. Those reports led to pressure from lawmakers for the IRS to review the program and police its private partners better.“We just think it’s in the best interest of the company to move forward in a different direction,” Jones said. He noted on the earnings call that H&R Block offers three free-filing options outside of the IRS’s program.