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IMO that's a move by the software makers to make it less appealing to people for the IRS to do exactly what you propose. (Intuit, 2nd Story, etc. can lobby congressmen saying "you don't want the IRS to do that - we already provide this for the majority of your constituents, so it'd be an extra cost for the IRS thats currently being borne by private business"

I agree, except that the cost is not borne by private business, it's ultimately borne by taxpayers -- you and me. We pay to use Turbo Tax, etc. and part of what we pay goes to feather the nests of Intuit and the rest.
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