The Senate Finance Committee didn't like what it found in investigating ancillary offers often made as part of using the Internal Revenue Service's Free File online tax return preparation services.
While taxpayers don't have any obligation to buy goods and services marketed on the sites -- and in fact, the IRS notes that Free File users should be sure to read the fine print -- many of the 20 private vendors participating in the Free File Alliance routinely offer users expensive add-on services ranging from tax advice and refund anticipation loans, to franchise opportunities and other marketing pitches.
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