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Can the IRS’s New Free Tax-Filing Tool Replace TurboTax? We Tried It Out

For the tax season that opens Monday and runs through mid-April, the IRS is offering its new Direct File online portal, which walks a taxpayer through the return-filing process and submits the Form 1040 to the government. It is starting with a small group of Americans as a possible first step toward building a government-run alternative to TurboTax and H&R Block The trial run has been welcomed by Democrats and consumer advocates, though Republicans and private tax-preparation companies question whether it is a good use of government resources because other free filing options exist. The IRS offered The Wall Street Journal and other news organizations an early look at Direct File.
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