Did you pay to use TurboTax? How to help hold the tax prep industry accountable.

Readers have helped us figure out exactly how TurboTax maker Intuit and other companies make money off taxpayers. We want to hear more. by Ariana Tobin, Justin Elliott, and Meg Marco May 14, 2:40 p.m. EDT…

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Have You worked at Intuit or another tax prep company?

Know something about TurboTax? We’d like to hear from you. by Justin Elliott and Ariana Tobin April 29, 5 a.m. EDT Over the past several months, we’ve reported on the ways Intuit has made its TurboTax…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Income Equality News Taxes The People Speak

NJ Gov. signs millionaires tax into law to fight Covid-19, address inequality, and boost recovery

“We truly are setting an example for the nation on how to build an economy that works for all of us, not just a chosen few.” by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Wednesday, September 30 Following grassroots…

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Posted in Common Dreams Investigations News Taxes

Records show Trump paid just $750 in federal income taxes in both 2016 and 2017

“He contributed less to funding our communities than waitresses and undocumented immigrants,” said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Monday, September 28 Financial records that President Donald Trump has persistently fought to keep hidden…

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Posted in Common Dreams News Payroll Taxes Politics

Exposing Trump’s Payroll Tax Deferral as ‘wage theft,’ Treasury signals millions of workers will earn less in 2021 under plan

“Like Donald Trump’s other economic executive orders, this will not provide actual relief to workers.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Sunday, August 30 Days after the payroll processor for the federal government—one of the nation’s largest…

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Hundreds of union activists rally at the Minneapolis Social Security Field Office on Wednesday, August 27, 2014. (Photo: AFGE/Flickr/cc)
Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Payroll Taxes Social Security

Social Security actuary says Trump payroll tax cut would effectively destroy program by 2023

“Trump’s disastrous plan to defund Social Security would eliminate retirement and disability benefits by 2023,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders. “That may make sense to the billionaires at Trump’s country club, but it makes zero sense to…

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Posted in Common Dreams Investigations News Taxes

Federal Judge rejects Trump’s claim that tax records subpoena amounts to ‘harassment’

‘Very Bad News for Trump’ “The grand jury is getting its hands on those tax returns.” by Julia Conley, staff writer   Thursday, August 20 The district attorney of Manhattan can obtain President Donald Trump’s tax…

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Posted in Common Dreams Investigations News SCOTUS Taxes

Supreme Court allows New York prosecutor to subpoena Trump financial records

‘No One Is Above the Law’ A split decision on two separate cases pertaining to the president’s taxes will likely leave the documents out of public view until after the election. by Julia Conley, staff writer…

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Posted in Common Dreams Corporate Taxes News Taxes

US slammed as ‘Rogue State’ for withdrawing from global effort to make tech giants pay fair share in taxes

“It is a provocation… to all the citizens of the world who say that it is still legitimate for all the digital giants to pay their taxes.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, June 18 The…

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Posted in Analysis Pro Publica SCOTUS Taxes Trump Inc

Meet the shadowy accountants who do Trump’s taxes and help him seem richer than he is

The Supreme Court fight over Donald Trump’s tax returns has pushed his accounting firm into the limelight. In various episodes over 30 years, partners — including the CEO — have run into trouble for fraud, misconduct…

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Posted in News Pro Publica Taxes

What Is the New Deadline to File Taxes?

In response to the coronavirus outbreak, the U.S. income tax deadline has been extended from April 15 to July 15, 2020, to allow Americans more time to file their taxes. Here’s everything you need to know…

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Posted in Business Common Dreams Coronavirus Economy News Payroll Taxes Public Policy Senior Citizens

‘Stealth Attack on Social Security’: Trump condemned for exploiting coronavirus crisis to push Payroll Tax cut

“This is a Trojan Horse attack on our Social Security system.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Economists and progressive advocacy groups are warning that President Donald Trump’s proposal to cut or temporarily suspend the payroll tax…

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Posted in Affordable Housing City Budget City Pension Fund Flagstaff Mayors Race 2020 News Sales Tax Taxes

Attention turns to Flagstaff’s pension fund: Mayoral candidates weigh in

By Naima Schuller Senior Meteor Reporter March 6, 11:58 PM MST Flagstaff  As the City of Flagstaff heads into the budget process for next fiscal year, every City Division is doing so in the red. Greg Clifton,…

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Posted in Common Dreams Health Care Health Insurance News Politics Public Policy Race for the White House 2020 Taxes

‘Give us an hour on MSNBC’: Sanders says he would love to debate Medicare for All vs. For-Profit System with Joe Biden

“We’re spending twice as much per capita on healthcare as the people of any other country and yet 27 million are uninsured, 30,000 people die, half a million people go bankrupt every year because of medical-related…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing Health Care Non-Profits Public Health Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Taxes

Nonprofit hospitals are “Confused” about charity and profits

New Orleans       Over the last several years, ACORN International and the Labor Neighbor Research & Training Center have been collecting and analyzing the IRS 990 forms filed by tax exempt, nonprofit hospitals in Arkansas, Louisiana,…

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Posted in Analysis Business Pro Publica Public Policy Taxes

TurboTax and others charged at least 14 million Americans for tax prep that should have been free, audit finds

Tax software companies made around $1 billion in revenue by charging people who were eligible to file for free. by Paul Kiel and Justin Elliott Feb. 5, 3:18 p.m. EST More than 14 million taxpayers paid…

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Posted in National News Off the wire Pro Publica Taxes

IRS Reforms Free File Program, Drops Agreement Not to Compete With TurboTax

Finding free online tax filing should be easier this year for millions of Americans. by Justin Elliott and Paul Kiel, ProPublica, Dec. 31, 1 p.m. EST The IRS announced significant changes Monday to its deal with the…

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Posted in economic justice Economy Income Equality National News Pro Publica Taxes

The TurboTax trap: TurboTax tricked customers into paying to file taxes.

 Now several states are investigating it. ProPublica revealed that TurboTax maker Intuit charged millions of Americans for tax filing services they were eligible to receive for free. Now multiple state attorneys general have opened investigations into…

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