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Usually people on HN don't read the article, but in this case the title literally answers your question.

Actually, the title answers the question "Why don't they just do that?"

The question to "Why can't they do that" is simply "they could and it would save tons of money and headaches, but it goes the American Dream (21st century edition) that once you have a profitable business, nobody is to take it away from you.

The title doesn't say why would the government care about the opinion of TurboTax maker at all

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