> amounting to 1.95 percent of the amount a taxpayer owes.
That's not a "convenience fee", it's a licence to print money!
RBS Worldpay - the electronic payment processor that admitted it exposed sensitive financial records for millions of customers - has been awarded a contract by the Internal Revenue Service to process tax return payments next year. The company, which is a division of the Royal Bank of Scotland, will begin processing taxpayers' …
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When I first read the article, I was thinking "WTFH?!" Then I read at the end that the IRS is conditioning the contract on RBS Worldpay coming clean. This might be a good thing after all--now they have two big incentives to clean up their act--those convenience fees and the fact the US government will stick it where they don't want it, if you get my drift, if they screw up again.
the city and county here do this too. I come in in person, they say "oh you could do this online blah-de-blah" and i point out "no, i will not pay an additional fee to save you the cost of dealing with a check, thanks."
i've filled out paper tax forms as well.. Initially i'd have to pay to e-file, and now i don't trust some 3rd party who would e-file for free to not sell or data mine my tax data. I doubt they are bound by the same rules as the irs.
all that taxpayer data got hacked. All that information out in the wild. There would then be no reason to assume that government departments were illegally sharing data or that the IRS had previously been hacked. What better way, I ask, is there to cover up data loss than let a foreign company that doesn't meet industry standard for data protection have all your data.
I LOVE a conspiracy theory.
mine's the coat with the tinfoil hat in the pocket
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