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Intuit to pay $141M settlement over ‘free’ TurboTax ads; 66K Marylanders to receive refunds

May 4th, 2022 by WCBC Radio

The company behind the TurboTax tax-filing program will pay $141 million to customers across the United States who were deceived by misleading promises of free tax-filing services, New York's attorney general announced Wednesday.

Under the terms of a settlement signed by the attorneys general of all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Mountain View, California-based Intuit Inc. will suspend TurboTax's "free, free, free" ad campaign and pay restitution to nearly 4.4 million taxpayers, New York Attorney General Letitia James said.

In Maryland, more than 66,000 consumers are eligible for restitution, according to the state's attorney general's office.

According to the Maryland Attorney General's Office, consumers who are owed refunds do not need to do anything to receive restitution. They will automatically receive notices and a check by mail. Consumers with concerns about a fee-based tax service transaction may contact the Maryland Attorney General's Office by calling 410-528-8662 or 888-743-0023, by e-mailing or by filing a complaint online.