There, in the "How to File" box, are instructions to use "this link" to file. The IRS explains, "When you access the system, you will leave the IRS site and file the e-Postcard with the IRS through our trusted partner, Urban Institute. The form must be completed and filed electronically. There is no paper form."
First, even if it's somehow legal to process taxpayer information through a third-party organization this way, it shouldn't be. It's one thing for private organizations to offer voluntary help with tax filing. It's another thing for the IRS to require taxpayers to use a third-party organization's services to process the submitted information.
Second, legality aside, can we trust the Urban Institute not to make use of the data it is gathering in collaboration with the IRS for its own partisan purposes?
The supposedly "nonpartisan" organization's employees have a record of donating nearly 100 percent of their political contributions to Democrats, and officially, the Urban Institute advocates for totally socialized medicine, carbon taxes and amnesty for illegal aliens.
And UI's president, Sarah Rosen Wartell, is the co-founder of the Center for American Progress, widely considered ground zero for the development of many of the Obama administration's progressive policies.