TurboTax is a software package for preparation of American income tax returns, produced by Intuit. Turbotax is a market leader in its product segment, competing with H&R Block Tax Software and TaxAct. TurboTax was developed by Michael A. Chipman of Chipsoft in 1984 and was sold to Intuit in 1993.
Intuit, the maker of TurboTax, has lobbied extensively against the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) creating its own online system of tax filing as exist in most other wealthy countries. As part of an agreement with the IRS, TurboTax allows individuals making less than $66,000 a year to use a free version of TurboTax; a 2019 ProPublica investigation revealed that TurboTax deliberately makes this version hard to find and that it deceptively steers individuals who search for the free version to TurboTax versions that cost. TurboTax has tricked military service members to pay to use the filing software by creating and promoting a “military discount” and by making the free version hard to find when many service members are in fact eligible to use the software for free. Intuit is under investigation by multiple state attorneys general, as well as New York’s Department of Financial Services.