October 10,2019

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Wyden Statement on Review of Free File Program

Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today released the following statement on the review of the Free File program:

“The report does not adequately address the problems in the Free File program. For example, it does not recommend robust action to prevent companies from engaging in deceptive advertising practices, even though it acknowledges taxpayers were steered to paid sites. While I believe we should move toward a public program that allows taxpayers to file directly with the IRS, in the interim, the Free File program simply must better serve taxpayers. This was not the rigorous review needed to ensure all eligible taxpayers are able to easily access and use Free File.”