Thursday, April 6, 2023

IRS Working with New America on Free Tax-Filing System

Here is more from Fedscoop:

The Internal Revenue Service is working with technology public policy nonprofit New America to study the feasibility of establishing a digital, IRS-operated “direct file” tax return system.

The nonprofit is assisting the agency with the report along with Loyola Law School Associate Professor of Law Ariel Jurow-Kleiman, according to a New America spokesperson.

IRS’s e-file feasibility study was mandated by the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), which stipulated that the agency engage independent third parties to study new options for a free, online direct tax-filing system.

New America spokesperson Tara Moulson said: “To assist the IRS with this work and assessment, the agency selected New America, a strictly non-partisan, non-profit think tank dedicated to public problem solving with expertise in technological change, the tax code, and the taxpayer experience of everyday Americans.”


Republicans have attacked the fact that left-leaning New America is conducting the study, saying it doesn't fit the requirement of an objective group to undertake the study.

New America is a think tank founded in 1999 by Ted Halstead, Sherle Schwenninger, Michael Lind, and Walter Russell Mead.