I often wonder if (many) american's hatred of taxes stems from having them shoved in their face.
In the UK you don't have to file a tax return unless you have unusual finances (e.g. are self employed), and sales tax is includes in the advertised sale price of items.
We still have to oay taxes of course, but they are much less annoying!
Per the article, the reason is that they're lobbying to keep the existing tax code rather than simplify it.
I generally agree, but I think terms like "evil" and "parasite" get thrown around a bit too easily.
We're all for simpler taxes, unless it removes the deductions that we ourselves enjoy. That is probably a much larger hindrance than any lobbying, but any such nuance is ignored in these types of shock value articles.
There is an awesome Adam ruins everything episode on Tax returns. It seems that rent seeking is pretty much the only thing keeping the current system in place.
"...don't give Intuit money"
Well, give me the $300 I need to find a preparer then. TurboTax is an incredible value. You can do your taxes in your pajamas over a couple nights and it can handle almost every complex area. The fanciest version is about $60. I've used it for ten years.
More along those lines:
Why doesn’t the IRS just send me a bill for the taxes I owe based on the info they already have? 
What about TaxAct?
Pirated every year
Here we go with the HN echo chamber piling on outrage. The original source post was created over 5 years ago (How the Maker of TurboTax Fought Free, Simple Tax Filing -item?id=5443203). It was just "updated" and reposted again and currently on the HN front page I am guessing to generate more "interest" and donations for propublica.org.