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Arizonans to begin receiving TurboTax settlement checks next week

Paying taxes is confusing enough without your tax software deceiving you, but that’s just what Intuit, makers of TurboTax, was accused of in a multistate lawsuit settled last year.

“TurboTax was engaging in alleged deceptive advertising with respect to free tax filing services and behavior in which they would nudge people into their product, which was called a ‘freemium’ product, which you had to pay for,” said Vince Rabago of the Arizona Attorney General’s Office.

Many of those customers were eligible for the IRS Free File Program.

Almost 108,000 Arizonans who needlessly paid for TurboTax to file their federal return during the 2016-2018 tax seasons will split $3.3 million. Most will receive between $29 and $30, based on their number of qualifying tax years.

Rabago says affected Arizonans don’t need to do anything to get their share.

“They would just receive the check in the mail, actually, without even having to file any kind of claim,” he said. “And it’s expected that the checks are going to start to be mailed out next week.”

Nicholas Gerbis joined KJZZ’s Arizona Science Desk in 2016. A longtime science, health and technology journalist and editor, his extensive background in related nonprofit and science communications inform his reporting on Earth and space sciences, neuroscience and behavioral health, and bioscience/biotechnology.Apart from travel and three years in Delaware spent earning his master’s degree in physical geography (climatology), Gerbis has spent most of his life in Arizona. He also holds a master’s degree in journalism and mass communication from Arizona State University’s Cronkite School and a bachelor’s degree in geography (climatology/meteorology), also from ASU.Gerbis briefly “retired in reverse” and moved from Arizona to Wisconsin, where he taught science history and science-fiction film courses at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He is glad to be back in the Valley and enjoys contributing to KJZZ’s Untold Arizona series.During the COVID-19 pandemic, Gerbis focused almost solely on coronavirus-related stories and analysis. In addition to reporting on the course of the disease and related research, he delved into deeper questions, such as the impact of shutdowns on science and medicine, the roots of vaccine reluctance and the policies that exacerbated the virus’s impact, particularly on vulnerable populations.