A maker of popular finance and tax preparation software recently made changes that negatively impacted firearms consumers and gun-related businesses.
Several gun-related businesses were suddenly — and without warning — disrupted in recent weeks when Intuit stopped processing credit card payments because sales were gun-related, The Post has learned.
Some of the payments stopped didn’t even involve firearms, but simply T-shirts and coffee mugs and gun safety classes, according to small business owners.
The owner of one of the stores impacted said that if he had known of Intuit’s anti-gun policies, he would have gone back to his previous credit card processor. “It’s fine, it’s capitalism, and if you don’t want to do business with us, we don’t want to do business with you,” he said.
Intuit told the owner that it was because of their stance requiring payment fact-to-face to prevent firearms from being shipped directly to buyers, but as the owner holds a federal firearms license, all transfers to buyers are done face-to-face and required background checks are performed. Even after explaining the facts to Intuit, the company did not pay the owner for the customer’s purchases. Intuit’s policy statement offers no explanation why charges were reversed on T-shirt and training classes.
Many of the products and services had already been delivered to customers when Intuit decided not to pay the business owners putting the owners at a loss.
This isn’t the first time that the software company has struck out against gun businesses.
In May, QuickBooks unexpectedly cut ties with Gunsite Academy, a firearms training center, according to the American Rifleman. Quickbooks said that the guns and knives for sale on Gunsite’s website violated the face-to-face requirement.
Intuit makes Quickbooks, Quickbooks software, Mint and Turbotax software. The company also processes credit card transactions made by business owners through its Quickbooks software.
*update: this article was updated removing Quicken from the list of Intuit-owned software. Intuit sold Quicken to H.I.G. Capital in 2016.