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Developed countries + organizations 💚 to feel good by paying projects in developing countries to "offset" their ♦️carbon♦️ emissions by *not* cutting down 🌲🌳🌴. Sounds great, in theory, right? Unfortunately, the reality is far from perfect:
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TGIF - you made it! It's finally memorial day weekend! It's also .
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Katherine Griwert 11h
In the case of one navy sailor and his spouse with a household income of $53K, Intuit’s TurboTax’s “military discount” was $5. The fee was still over $150. Meanwhile he was eligible to file for free, but the free filing page was buried from search... by Intuit. ( matters!!)
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Kotzebue, Alaska- Join us for a community forum on ending sexual violence through survivor support, public education and policy. Series: Event details:
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When reporter went to Brazil, she didn’t expect officials to bluntly tell her that they cared a lot more about the potential funding from the offsets than their scientific validity. (co-reported w/ )
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ProPublica 8h
Because of a tax code loophole, anonymous donors w/ typically wealthy interests are allowed to pass limitless amounts of $$$ into politics. This is called “dark money.” Who’s supposed to police it? The . Are they? Nope.
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27/ Want to see the full video from the CEO? Here it is:
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25/ We're going to keep following this story. There’s two ways you can help: Were you or someone you know affected by this issue? Fill out our questionnaire: Or have you worked at Intuit or another company? Please get in touch.
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ProPublica 9h
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24/ Yesterday, we published our latest: how TurboTax tricked servicemembers into paying to file their taxes with a “military discount”
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ProPublica 9h
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23/ Meanwhile, after a call for an investigation by , the New York Dept. of Financial Services issued subpoenas to the companies. (Intuit and H&R Block said they’re cooperating.)
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ProPublica 9h
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22/ sued the companies, and multiple private lawsuits were filed. Intuit said: “We stand behind our actions.” And H&R Block said it’s “proud to have helped millions of Americans.”
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ProPublica 9h
21/ What’s next? and others called for refunds for people who were overcharged and investigations of and .
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20/ An outcry followed our story, and in response the bill has stalled after several senators balked.
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ProPublica 9h
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19/ OK, so here’s where things stand: A bill making the Free File deal permanent — including its restriction on the government creating its own online tax filing system — passed in the House last month. It’s called the “Taxpayer First Act.”
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ProPublica 9h
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18/ TurboTax’s spokesperson didn’t answer our q's about that. They noted that they “donated 2.3 million federal and state returns ($27 million in value) to lower-income taxpayers.” *Tens of millions* people are actually eligible for Free File TurboTax.
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ProPublica 9h
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17/ -“Those $200 would have helped us pay for rent” -“I ended up paying $103.95 (almost my entire refund)” -“I am a graduate student and made <$10,000 in income”
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ProPublica 9h
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16/ This isn’t a dry policy issue — it affects real Americans in very real ways. So we asked you what it meant to spend money on taxes that you didn’t have to. Here are *your* stories 👇🏽👇🏽
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ProPublica 9h
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15/ We also obtained this audio file in which the company lies to folks who call for a refund.
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ProPublica 9h
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14/ We also published accounts of company insiders who said Intuit deliberately uses the word “free” in advertisements and then pushes people to paid products.
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