CCH INTROS TAX INCENTIVES FINDERCCH has debuted a Web-based tool designed to find local incentives that can reduce income, property, and sales and use taxes, as well as identify enterprise zones and non-tax financial incentives. The Business Incentives Navigator on the CCH Tax Research Network allows users to search for statewide and location-based incentives. Users select an industry, followed by an incentive category such as investment, job creation, or research and development. Then they can select one or more jurisdictions.

The tool displays the results with a description of the incentive, the application procedures, filing requirements, contact information and links to any further details.

VENDORS SUED OVER E-FILING FEES

Tax software vendors Intuit and H&R Block have been hit with a class-action lawsuit alleging that they charge excessive fees for electronic filing. Two Pennsylvania law firms filed the suit on behalf of a Philadelphia resident, claiming that Intuit, Block and other members of the Free File Alliance unlawfully charged millions of U.S. taxpayers excessive e-filing fees. The firms estimate the damages in the billions of dollars.

The attorneys claim the tax software vendors have used the Free File arrangement to sell commercial products. The class action seeks a full refund of all fees paid for e-filing, along with injunctive relief. Intuit spokesperson Julie Miller said that the company believes the claim is wholly without merit. Since online tax services are donated, neither the Treasury nor the taxpayer pay for the Free File program, she added. Block and the Free File Alliance did not respond to requests for comment.

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