Do you encounter them on a regular basis ?
So which/how many users use Adobe Reader on Linux ?
Posted Aug 16, 2012 20:32 UTC (Thu) by sfeam (subscriber, #2841)
Posted Aug 16, 2012 20:55 UTC (Thu) by Lennie (guest, #49641)
I didn't know they did that in the US. I knew my government was probably pretty unique anyway.
My government has a program people can download from their website so people can do their taxes.
I haven't done my own taxes the last couple of years, but this program used to be based on some open source components (there was at least a license file which made that very clear) and it was thus available for Windows, Mac and Linux (I wouldn't be surprised if you could run the Linux program on BSD with Linux emulation as well).
You could print the result or submit it over the Internet.
I just downloaded the one for 2011 and it seems to be mostly a bunch of HTML-files with a program around it (it also has a license file which says it used LGPL software) and it is still available for Windows, Mac and Linux.
Posted Aug 17, 2012 13:24 UTC (Fri) by drag (subscriber, #31333)
> My government has a program people can download from their website so people can do their taxes.
How it works for USA federal government is that if your filing 1040 EZ, which means that you are probably renting your house and have relatively low income. If you do that then there is a number of tax prep software you can download or use online free of charge that are from corporations.
If your a using itemized deductions and/or have investments and higher income to support then you have to use the 1040 form, which means that you can use the same applications as 1040ez, but you have to pay for them.
Probably about half the people I know use accountants. Certified public accountants and their assistants helping average people prepare taxes is a very large business.
There were a couple open source software written for it. I used one of those one year actually and it worked quite well.
Nowadays I just use online version from one of the tax software companies.
Posted Aug 17, 2012 20:04 UTC (Fri) by Per_Bothner (subscriber, #7375)
Actually, taxact.com provides free Federal online fill-in, printing, and e-file. I've been using it the last few years, partly because I can use it without booting into Windows! Fairly full set of forms. You do have to pay for state (but if you're a cheap-skate doing state forms by hand isn't as painful as Federal).
On a related topic: California Tax Franchise Board offers forms you can fill-in and print - but not save because the forms don't have the correct "permisisons". Of course that only applies to Acrobat - Evince will happily save the forms for you. Another win for Free Software!
Posted Aug 16, 2012 21:41 UTC (Thu) by pjtait (subscriber, #17475)
Posted Aug 16, 2012 23:32 UTC (Thu) by shmerl (guest, #65921)
Posted Aug 16, 2012 23:39 UTC (Thu) by sfeam (subscriber, #2841)
Posted Aug 17, 2012 0:07 UTC (Fri) by shmerl (guest, #65921)
Posted Aug 17, 2012 3:33 UTC (Fri) by wagner17 (subscriber, #5580)
Posted Aug 20, 2012 8:53 UTC (Mon) by fb (subscriber, #53265)
Perhaps some KDE file managers are smart enough to move the metadata, but a normal shell "cp here/doc.pdf there" will certainly not.
Really a great thing to discover when you are emaling your PDFs back to your lawyer close to the tax submission deadlines.
Posted Aug 20, 2012 11:44 UTC (Mon) by hummassa (subscriber, #307)
Posted Aug 17, 2012 2:22 UTC (Fri) by pabs (subscriber, #43278)
Posted Aug 17, 2012 19:59 UTC (Fri) by daniel (guest, #3181)
Posted Aug 22, 2012 9:07 UTC (Wed) by tnoo (subscriber, #20427)
Posted Aug 17, 2012 11:40 UTC (Fri) by RobSeace (subscriber, #4435)
Do people still buy the boxed retail TurboTax software and run it anymore? I've been using the all-online TurboTax web interface every year since 1998, and always from a Linux-based web browser... For a while, they were checking User-Agent, and not letting you in unless you changed it to lie to them about what OS you were on... But, everything worked fine once you actually get in! But, they thankfully stopped that stupid practice some years ago, and now merely put up a scary warning at the start that you appear to be on an unsupported system, but give you the option of continuing on anyway...
Posted Aug 17, 2012 21:36 UTC (Fri) by jreiser (subscriber, #11027)
Yes, and I file by printing paper, then physical post.
I've been using the all-online TurboTax web interface ...
You've been feeding the targeted marketing trolls, or at least Intuit's captive ones. All your tax data is kept forever by Intuit, and used to make money by sending you advertisements based on that data: age, gender, filing status, number and age of dependents, filing (residence) address, amount and kind of income, specific employers, specific dividend payers, amount and kind of deductions, amount and kind of tax credits, amount of refund, history of any category over multiple years, etc. Advertisers deliver the content and desired profile to Intuit. Intuit matches you against the profile, prints and applies the address label (or logical equivalent) to the content, and sends the ads. Your tax data never leaves Intuit [except of course when Intuit forwards it to the IRS or sends it back to you over SSL], but it is used for a lot more than just being forwarded to the IRS (or being held for your "convenience" in filing an amended return, defending an audit, etc.)
Posted Aug 17, 2012 22:12 UTC (Fri) by RobSeace (subscriber, #4435)
Ads? I've been running AdBlock Plus for ages...
Google also revolves around ads, but that doesn't stop me from using their products... If people want to send me ads I'll never see because they're blocked, let them... If it makes Google/Intuit money, and loses the advertisers money, so much the better!
Posted Aug 18, 2012 1:25 UTC (Sat) by hummassa (subscriber, #307)
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