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News Posted on October 15, 2019

Professor Ventry to Journal: Free File study 'isn't worth the paper it's written on'

Professor Dennis J. Ventry, Jr., a longtime critic of the Free File online tax return preparation program – a partnership between the IRS and leading tax-preparation companies - spoke to the Wall Street Journal for an Oct. 9 story about an IRS-commissioned outside review of Free Rile.

The review, which found that the program provides substantial benefits despite some serious flaws, “isn’t worth the paper it's written on,” Ventry told the Journal. Read the story

Ventry also spoke to ProPublica for the story headlined “IRS-Funded Review Confirms TurboTax Hid Free Filing from Search Engines, but Says There’s No Need for Major Changes.” Read the story

Professor Ventry is an expert in tax policy and legal ethics. His research interests include tax expenditure analysis, family taxation, professional responsibility and standards of care, tax filing and administration, tax compliance, public finance, and tax and legal history. He is the former chairman of the IRS Advisory Council, and co-author on the casebook, Federal Income Taxation with Martin McMahon, Jr., Daniel L. Simmons, and Bradley T. Borden.