Will an IRS Tax Prep Service Replace H&R Block or TurboTax?

A government-run tax preparation and filing service has some wondering if people will leave H&R Block and TurboTax and let the IRS do their taxes instead.

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For the 2024 tax filing season, the IRS is piloting a tax prep and filing service where taxpayers can bypass accountants and popular software and file their federal tax returns directly with the agency — for free. The IRS Direct File limited program pilot is available to selected taxpayers in 12 states. Nationwide, several hundred taxpayers are expected to participate.

“The IRS is committed to delivering significantly improved services by providing taxpayers with tools, information, and assistance to make it easier to comply with their tax filing obligations,” Commissioner Danny Werfel said in a statement about Direct File.

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Kelley R. Taylor
Senior Tax Editor, Kiplinger.com

As the senior tax editor at Kiplinger.com, Kelley R. Taylor simplifies federal and state tax information, news, and developments to help empower readers. Kelley has over two decades of experience advising on and covering education, law, finance, and tax as a corporate attorney and business journalist.