Quackbooks.

Thu, Jul 1, 2021 2-minute read

It seems like Intuit is never any the news for anything good that benefits normal people.

Previously: "Inside TurboTax’s 20-Year Fight to Stop Americans From Filing Their Taxes for Free".

For more than 20 years, Intuit has waged a sophisticated, sometimes covert war to prevent the government from doing just that, according to internal company and IRS documents and interviews with insiders. The company unleashed a battalion of lobbyists and hired top officials from the agency that regulates it. From the beginning, Intuit recognized that its success depended on two parallel missions: stoking innovation in Silicon Valley while stifling it in Washington. Indeed, employees ruefully joke that the company’s motto should actually be “compromise without integrity.”

We would have had free websites that allowed taxpayers to easily file their returns if Intuit hadn't spent a fortune to block them.

Yesterday: "Intuit sabotages the Child Tax Credit".

I have done web-design for large government clients. I understand that there are constraints that can reduce the quality of the final product. But Intuit isn't your average IRS contractor – they're a company that was caught bribing, intimidating and poaching IRS employees.

It should have been easy for low income families to apply for the Child Tax Credit they're entitled to, but Intuit botched the application website.

Today: "Intuit to Share Payroll Data from 1.4M Small Businesses With Equifax".

“Your employees may need to verify their income and employment info when applying for things like loans, credit, or public aid. Before, you likely had to manually provide this info to lenders, creditors or government agencies. These verifications will be automated by The Work Number, which helps employees get faster approvals and saves you time.”

In other words, Intuit "helpfully" exports their customers' payroll information to a monstrosity called The Work Number that lets other entities stalkverify employment and salary information for most Americans.

It's always something with this crew.