Consumers to Receive Checks in the Mail from Multistate Settlement Without Needing to File a Claim
Boise, ID – Attorney General Raúl Labrador announced that Idaho consumers who were tricked by TurboTax’s owner Intuit as part of the free filing program will begin receiving checks from a $141 million multistate settlement announced in May 2022. Approximately 4.4 million consumers nationwide will receive checks in the mail from the multistate settlement. Idaho will receive more than $892,000 for more than 29,000 Idahoans who were tricked into paying to file their federal tax return. Eligible consumers will be contacted by email about the settlement. Checks will be mailed starting in May 2023.
“Intuit deceptively received payment from millions of tax filers. They violated the trust of the American taxpayers and thousands of Idahoans who will now receive payment in the mail. I hope that this settlement demonstrates that I will continue to work with other attorneys general, both Republican and Democrat, to defend my constituents from deceptive business practices,” Attorney General Labrador said.
In 2022, New York Attorney General Letitia James, with assistance from the attorneys general of Tennessee, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington, announced a $141 million multistate agreement with Intuit for deceiving millions of low-income Americans into paying for tax services that should have been free. All 50 states and the District of Columbia have signed on to the agreement.
Eligible consumers include those who paid to file their federal tax returns through TurboTax for tax years 2016, 2017, and 2018 but were eligible to file for free through the IRS Free File Program. Consumers who are eligible for a payment will be notified by email by the settlement fund administrator, Rust Consulting. These consumers will receive a check in the mail automatically, without filing a claim. Checks are expected to be mailed out starting next week.
The amount each consumer receives will be based on the number of tax years for which they qualify. Most consumers are expected to receive between $29 and $30. For more information about who is covered by the settlement, and information about the settlement fund, please visit www.AGTurboTaxSettlement.com.