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So which/how many users use Adobe Reader on Linux ?

So which/how many users use Adobe Reader on Linux ?

Posted Aug 17, 2012 13:24 UTC (Fri) by drag (subscriber, #31333)
In reply to: So which/how many users use Adobe Reader on Linux ? by Lennie
Parent article: Google warns of using Adobe Reader - particularly on Linux (The H)

> 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.

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.


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So which/how many users use Adobe Reader on Linux ?

Posted Aug 17, 2012 20:04 UTC (Fri) by Per_Bothner (subscriber, #7375) [Link]

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.

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!


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