The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) amended a twenty year deal it had with the tax preparation software industry whereby the IRS would not compete with private companies by developing its own tax filing software. Last Monday, the IRS announced that changes have been made to the agreement and under the terms of the new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), the tax prep software industry will no longer be allowed to hide its Free File software from search engines, thereby making the Free File programs openly available to the public. The changes were prompted in part by allegations that the industry had mislead taxpayers and complicated the free filing process to the detriment of low and middle-income taxpayers. The new MOU also requires that participating companies standardize the naming convention of their Free File version as “IRS Free File program delivered by [product name]” so as to minimize, if not eliminate confusion, of taxpayers in using such products as TurboTax Free versus Turbo Tax Free File.