Tech Industry Fears IRS Competition in E-Filing
Electronic Accountant Online (10/10/00) Vol. 104, No. 41 p.1; Koco, Linda

Speaking before a House subcommittee, Computer & Communications Industry Association President Ed Black requested that Congress forbid the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from offering electronic filing services that would compete with private businesses. Also testifying to the subcommittee, IRS Commissioner Charles O. Rossotti said the IRS never planned to compete with private electronic filing services, although he said it plans to obey the law about promoting industry competition and offering incentives for electronic filing. However, the IRS may take action if the marketplace does not provide cost-free options for taxpayers within the coming years, he said, quoting a report from the Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee that recommends the industry be assessed again in two years.

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