Follow the Money: Tax Season 2015

It’s that time of year again—the annual scramble of organizing pay stubs and receipts and last minute trips to the post office, all reminders of how much of your hard earned income goes to the government. That’s right, it’s tax season.

And while the real numbers on your W-4 might reflect a percentage that makes you queasy, the costs of tax preparation can make you downright sick. Especially when those costs support causes that don’t exactly line up with your conservative values.

This year, the average American will spend 13 hours on his or her taxes and could spend around $200 on filing with a tax software provider. Overall, the country will spend over 6 billion hours on taxes and around $168 billion on tax preparation according to the IRS’ National Taxpayer Advocate.

Intuit and H&R Block are two of the most utilized tax preparation software providers for do-it-yourselfers. But, if you’re one of the millions seeking the efficiency and ease of the online tools these companies have developed, you should consider what these companies will do with your money after you’ve used their services.

To start, Intuit is a provider of business and financial management solutions for small and mid-sized businesses, financial institutions like banks and credit unions, and both consumers and accounting professionals. Their products include QuickBooks, Quicken and TurboTax software. They also offer tax preparation and filing services.

While Intuit has made a name for itself through innovation and development, the company has also supported liberal activity on several issues. Intuit has matching gift programs for organizations that support cap-and-trade policies such as Greenpeace, the Sierra Club, the Nature Conservancy and the World Wildlife Fund. The company’s foundation has given to Planned Parenthood and other abortion advocates like UNICEF. Also, Intuit was very recently listed as signing on to an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to overturn state bans on same-sex marriage.

Fortunately, for conservatives, alternatives exist in this industry, even if our fiscal sensibilities loathe the process. H&R Block, one of the largest tax services providers in the world, offers many financial services to its clients. However, the company is best known for it’s in-person tax preparation and H&R Block At Home line of online and computer software products. Research shows that H&R Block has remained neutral on these same issues and offers a better choice for conservatives who would rather get through the whole process without supporting causes that go against their values.

Reduce the pain for yourself this tax season by selecting tax preparers that stay out of the political discourse – and stick to preparing your taxes. As conservatives, we have enough reason to be upset at what the federal government does with our tax dollars; there’s no reason to help fund liberal advocacy with our personal money as well.

Chris Walker is the Executive Director of 2nd Vote, a conservative shopper app. To find out more, download the free app or visit