I'm Justin Elliott, ProPublica investigative reporter who's been covering how TurboTax and HR Block are fighting to make sure you can't file your taxes for free (which many people in other developing countries can do). Ask me Anything!
Justin Elliott has been a reporter with ProPublica since 2012, where he has covered money in politics, the American Red Cross, and the Trump administration. He has produced stories for The New York Times, National Public Radio, and others.
This week, he’s been covering the so-called “Taxpayer First Act,” which companies like TurboTax (Intuit) and H&R Block have lobbied for because it restricts the IRS from making free, online tax filing a reality for every American.
Maybe you’ve seen his piece, or the freshman lawmakers’ responses or some other scrutiny. Maybe you’ve read ProPublica’s story about how the rich underpay $50 billion in taxes every year. Regardless, if you’re in the USA you probably have to file taxes. Ask him anything.
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