The ruling follows Intuit’s separate legal action accusing rival H&R Block misleading price comparisons.
The FTC’s Final Order prohibits from Intuit from advertising or marketing that says goods or services are free to all. Or Intuit must disclose clearly the percentage of taxpayers that qualify for a free service and if a majority do not quality, Intuit must says so.
The agency voted 3-0 to uphold Chief Administrative Law Judge, D. Michael Chappell’s opinion that Intuit’s actions violate Section 5 of the FTC Act. Intuit has steadfastly denied that itm isled TurboTax users.
Intuit is also prohibited Intuit from misrepresenting facts such as “prices, refund policies or consumers’ ability to claim a tax credit or deduction or to file their taxes online accurately without using TurboTax’s paid service.”
Intuit’s action against Block, filed in United States District Court for the Northern District of California, earlier this month claims Block is wrong in claiming expert an AI help is available for less with Block services than with TurboTax when Intuit’s help is available at no charge.
Intuit also said Block is misleading when it claims its paid DIY products are less expensive that TurboTaxs Live Assisted and that Block misrepresented TurboTax’s TurboTax’s Live Full Service products as starting at $169 when the figure is really $89.