Intuit’s Policies on Firearms Business Don’t Add Up for 2A Companies

By Larry Keane published on in General, News

Intuit is most commonly known as  the maker of Quickbooks, Quicken and TurboTax. However, when it comes to Intuit’s online business accounting platform that processes credit card payments, Intuit has proven itself not to be very intuitive when it comes to firearms-related businesses. In fact, it has gone so far as to shut down the credit card processing services of firearms related businesses.

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You would think that the company that started Quickbooks, TurboTax, and Quicken would be better at making things add up.

The Mountain View, California-based company, is spinning in circles after being questioned about the recent denial of service to two firearms-related businesses. Honor Defense, a Georgia-based handgun maker, and Gunsite Academy, a premier firearms training facility in Arizona, found themselves at a loss for financial services when Intuit recently shut off their accounts. Intuit stopped, reversed, and even held money that was in transit from customers. It did it without warning. Now, Intuit is offering competing reasons for why these things happened.

Ken Campbell, of Gunsite Academy, told the New York Post, they were dumped because Intuit believed they were selling firearms directly to customers. That’s not the case of course. Gunsite completes all sales through dealers that hold federal firearms licenses and conducts FBI National Instant Criminal Background System checks (NICS). Gunsite had just switched to Intuit when their service was abruptly halted. Intuit didn’t accept the explanation.

The same happened with Gary Ramey, president of Honor Defense. Funds were frozen, and his company had to scramble to recover money from their customers. “It’s a reality, small business is the backbone of America, and financial institutions are infusing personal bias into their decisions,” Ramey explained.

This is hardly new. Montana Tactical, a small brick-and-mortar store, suffered the same discrimination. It was the same story for The Gun Cabinet, Inc., in Conroe, Texas. There are plenty more.

Intuit said that it doesn’t discriminate against firearms business. It said it just requires sales to be conducted face-to-face. Except, Montana Tactical got a notice that their business was being cut off for Internet-based sales and because they sold gunpowder.

Intuit spokesperson Heather McLellan explained that companies agree to the terms of service, and if they can’t operate within the agreement, they reach out to the companies to explore solutions or work to transition them off Intuit’s service.

McLellan explained that their banking partner, J.P. Morgan Chase, requires all sales to be done in person—but that’s not true. A very reliable source told me that J.P. Morgan denies Intuit’s blame-shifting excuse and is not pleased.

You would think that the company that started Quickbooks, TurboTax, and Quicken would be better at making things add up.

Why do you think Intuit is targeting firearms businesses? Share your answer in the comment section.

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Comments (42)

  • DJ_91505

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    Greetings from the One-Party Dictatorship Formerly Known as California,

    Perhaps Intuit has decided to shut down TurboTax and QuickBooks. Igniting a boycott over the Second Amendment would give them an easy and “principled” out of an increasingly crowded market.

    Fortunately, I have used TaxAct for well over a decade. Might be time for everyone to make the same change before Intuit abandons them.

    DJ

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  • Mike

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    Looks like I’m shopping for new tax software.

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  • Mike D

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    All right, it seems that this long time Turbo Tax user will be using a different platform from now on and I will be passing along this information to all of my 2A friends.

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  • 70's Ops

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    Well, I’m guessing they’re silicon valley dems, with no desire to follow rules, regulations, or guidelines that do not directly support their socialist agenda. Whatever the reason, I’m sure its Trumps fault. And if its not, it still is, but worse.
    We, as people with IQ’s higher than the speed limit, should begin showing OUR outrage at these extortive practices. However, being most of us have jobs, and don’t sit around watching The Real or The View, it seems as though they have the time necessary to distort any information not deemed palatable to the Deep State.
    I always thought the next civil war would be racially driven, but the far, and even near left are pushing an increasingly violent response to nearly everything. I for one will not live in a socialist country. We are a Republic, and we will stand and fight for that.

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    • Horsetown Homie

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      It’s not Trump’s fault. These are the results of the brain washing of our youth in schools by the teachers (leaders of the Sypathetic Party) instead of teaching our children the fundamentals of education. Making a sincere effort to boycott these businesses who both openly and secretly fund to destroy the rights our fore fathers died for in the name of FREEDOM need to be left penniless and disgraced. But I agree with the rest of your statement.

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  • Alan Carnell

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    Boycott their services as we have been doing.

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  • Vaughn Winslett

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    Refuse business with them. Let them go broke.

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    • Seattle Socialist

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      Every same business is distancing itself from the toxin that is the NRA. Between their insistence on weak gun safety laws killing children, and the NRA laundering Russian money to mess with our elections, doing business with the NRA, and businesses that support it, is bad for business. Sorry gun-humpers, but you are a fringe group viewed as extremists by a huge part of the rest of the population, and the only area you spend more money on us is guns. Everyone else will see us as the more desirable market to cater to.

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    • DJ_91505

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      Perhaps you could elaborate, with sources, on the extremist positions of the NRA. I am particularly interested in your money laundering comment. I think the Obama Justice Department would have swarmed the HQ over something like that.

      The NRA has led the field in the area of firearm safety for decades. That is why the number of accidental shootings has dropped so much over the years. The NRA Eddie Eagle program has taught firearm safety to thousands of children. Incidentally, safety is better addressed via training than legislation.

      As we both know, ad hominem attacks are tools of scoundrels and demagogues. So, offering specifics will clarify and bolster your position.

      DJ

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  • Ross

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    Maybe we gun owners need to add Intuit to the growing list of anti-Constitution companies that we no longer do business with. I didn’t realize that Intuit was a federal law enforcement agency.

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  • CrunchyBird

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    Liberal bais, using their position of power to hurt their preseived enemy. Usually not a rank and file employee. Instead someone in upper management that can cause others to do their will. Just like the FBI and DOJ situation.

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  • Intuit 4 Idiots

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    Intuit should cast no stones. They are predators IMHO. Their tax updates for QuickBooks formerly was provided quarterly on diskette for $29/yr became a $400 year item distributed via internet ONLY. Same product but more $$ for them. They also set it up so that there’s no way around paying their extortionate rates. Screw them!

    As for their claim about Chase? I don’t have the whole context of their explanation and blame shifting but if there’s any truth to it, I wonder how it is that I can place so many charges on my three Chase-based credit cards over the internet? Something tells me there is a liar in this mix. Intuit? Stand up and take a bow!

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