*Note CCC is not a claims administrator, nor can we provide any information on the status of claims. Please do not reach out with questions about a specific claim, but we are happy to continue helping people file claims.

As most Americans prepare to receive their income tax rebate checks, the team at CCC wants to draw everyone’s attention to a case involving TurboTax and their parent company, Intuit. TurboTax is accused of misleading consumers into paying for their tax filings when the initial advertisement cites a free tax filing. With a national ad campaign in place, many believed they would qualify to file their taxes for free, but were allegedly guided from the federally supported free filing to the commercial products TurboTax offers. 

Per the settlement, Intuit will pay $141M and does not admit any guilt as they pay over 4.4 million hard-working American taxpayers. To make matters worse, the majority of those impacted are low-income tax filers making less than $35,000 per year. 

So who qualifies? Individual, or individuals if a joint return was filed, who in Tax Years 2016, 2017, or 2018 was (1) eligible to use an Intuit IRS Free File Product; (2) began his or her tax returns using a TurboTax Free Edition Product; (3) was informed that he or she was ineligible to use a TurboTax Free Edition Product; (4) subsequently paid to use a TurboTax Paid Product, and (5) had not used the Intuit IRS Free File Product in a previous tax year.

The majority of class members should receive an email or mail notification from the claims administrator, but it is important to check in if you believe you qualify and need to update your contact information. Eligible people are expected to receive a payment of about $30 for each year that they were deceived into paying for filing their taxes. This means some folks will receive as much as $90 which given you did not have to pay at all, this settlement is much welcomed. If you have any questions about whether you qualify or would like to have CCC help you, please email Omar at oreyes@chicagoclearing.com and keep an eye out for further blogs on this case. Note at the moment there is no claim form to file. 

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