However, allegations about Intuit's advertising practices will be reviewed at a September 14 hearing by an FTC administrative law judge. Intuit completely denies the FTC's claims.
U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer this month refused to grant a prelinimary injunction against the company's cotinuing use ads, which the FTC alleges deceives potential TurboTax users with the word “Free” when many end up paying for use of the software. The agency accused Intuit of bait-and-switch tactics.
Breyer held there was little danger of harm to taxpayers currently because tax season has ended and Intuit’s TurboTax ads have largely ended. He also said the software company has removed “plausibly deceptive” ads and the administrative law judge will probably issue findings before the next campaign begins.