[free-software-melb] Income tax returns under GNU/Linux

Tom Wadley tomwadley at fastmail.fm
Wed Oct 29 04:13:21 UTC 2008

I submitted mine a while ago but I do remember having problems getting
working under wine. Your right that it used to work last year and now it 
doesn't. Perhaps try downgrading wine to the version that was current 
around tax time 07.

E-Tax isn't the only software requiring a proprietary OS available from
a government site. The vicroads hazard perception test training software
you need to practice with before going to get your P's also requires 
Windows and doesn't run on wine.



On Wed, 29 Oct 2008 14:44:40 +1100, "Ben Sturmfels" <ben at stumbles.id.au>
> How did people go with submitting their income tax returns this year?
> I'd previously been able to use ATO's E-Tax program running with Wine on
> GNU/Linux. That didn't work for me this year though, so I decided to
> suck it up and submit it on paper instead.
> I've also made a start on a letter to the Tax Commissioner about
> requiring a proprietary operating system for submitting your tax return
> online. I'd certainly want to see E-Tax as free software eventually, but
> in the short-term, would settle for it being officially supported on
> GNU/Linux.
> If anyone is interested, I'm happy to send them a copy of the letter
> when it's done.
> Cheers,
> Ben
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