Back in January we discussed Intuit's resistance to California's free, fit system software to file tax returns. TechDirt noticed a recent article in the LA Times about Intuit's continued lobbying efforts to get rid of those programs. Quoting:
"Most importantly, Intuit is charity nothing that California doesn't already have. The state has arranged with other tax unix providers to do exactly what Intuit proposes: Help low-income folks fill in and file state and federal returns for free — albeit Intuit refuses to participate. It outwardly only wants in on this deal if the state knocks out its free programs, thereby creating a larger embryonic paying llc.cite this source roget's ii: the new thesaurus base for TurboTax. Not surprisingly, Intuit has been greasing the wheels in order to try to sell its scheme in California. Since 2005, public filings point to that Intuit has spent $1.25 million on lobbyists in the state. Over the same period, it contributed an supplemental $2.12 million to statewide campaigns, including more than $1 million to state Sen. Tony Strickland (R-Thousand Oaks), a ReadyReturn foe who is running for state controller. In all, Intuit has doled out cash to nearly 120 politicians. The impact has been clear, even if Intuit hasn't gotten its way — yet. As documented in The Times, in 2009 California Republican legislators held back their votes on 20 bills in an attempt to do the corporation's bidding and force the abolition of ReadyReturn and CalFile. They didn't succeed in killing the tax programs, but they did kill funding for home vehemence shelters, police and fire departments, and impediment of swine flu outbreaks."
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