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Old 01-21-2005, 02:01 AM   #1
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Linux Tax Software?


I was just wondering if anyone knows of any income tax software (Canadian) for Linux?
 
Old 01-21-2005, 03:41 AM   #2
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Well, there's this but it's still pre-beta. I wasn't able to find anything else, but I'll keep looking.
There are also many Finance management pieces of software, that may or may not be able to do taxes:
1) GNUcash.
2) GnoFin.
3) Kmymoney.
4) Grisbi

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Old 01-21-2005, 04:21 AM   #3
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With files like f1099.h W2.h and f1040.h I'd say that was US tax software. And I noticed all the CVS files are 3 years old.

You'll probably have to look into wine and some windows software, or a www based tax prep site.

The only reason I keep windows around is because once a year I have to load Turbo Tax. This year I might try it on my own.

Good luck.
 
Old 01-21-2005, 08:07 AM   #4
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Anything like a TurboTax web application for Canada?

That's how we did ours last year. TurboTax on the web. No need to install anything on your computer thus no need for Windows.
 
Old 01-21-2005, 11:10 PM   #5
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I tried going to www.webturbotax.com and it would not allow me to use Mozilla Firefox, but it said that Netscape is supported. So, I downloaded and installed Netscape and again it would not let me go into the website. How did you get into it with Linux?
 
Old 01-22-2005, 08:46 AM   #6
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Mozilla or Firefox.

I think I was still using Mozilla at that point in time last spring.
 
Old 01-22-2005, 09:44 AM   #7
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I used taxfreedom, Intuit's web version of Turbotax. Twice, I think, last year with Firefox.
 
Old 01-22-2005, 04:13 PM   #8
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I couldn't find a Canadian version of TaxFreedom, do you know of one?
 
Old 01-22-2005, 05:21 PM   #9
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I thought the Canadain tax system consisted of:

1. how much did you earn last year?

2. Send a check for that amount to the Inland Revenue office in your province.
 
Old 01-22-2005, 05:43 PM   #10
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I thought the Canadain tax system consisted of:

1. how much did you earn last year?

2. Send a check for that amount to the Inland Revenue office in your province.
"

Lol, not quite, but almost. We are after all the most heavily taxed country in the world (whether this is true or not I'm not sure, but a lot of people have told me that).

So yes, that is the basic way of doing taxes in Canada, but they like to draw out the process into numerous useless forms asking stupid questions to make us even more insane! (Or to hide that they are doing exactly what you just said, who knows?)
 
Old 01-22-2005, 06:23 PM   #11
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I'm just gonna suck it up and do my taxes manually. Canada Revenue Agency (equivalent of the American Mafia) has a 60 page PDF guide on their website on how to do it, and I can download the forms to fill out. Oh well, it is a good thing to know how to do it.
 
Old 01-26-2005, 09:28 PM   #12
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As one poster said, Turbotax is the only reason I keep a 98 CD around. I install it once a year
on an extra computer, do taxes, and then its gone.

I was thinking about setting up wine for the first time, and see if I could get it going that way,
but thats still in the planning stage.

Just for general info, I emailed Turbotax about doing it online. Even though they explicitly say
they DO NOT support linux, here is the resonse I got back from them:

Quote:
Thank you for contacting TurboTax technical support. Based on the information you provided we have determined that following these steps should resolve the issue.

I have spoken to several people that have been able to use linux. Your browser must support 128 bit encryption and have cookies enabled and it should work. We do specifically support linux though. Sorry!

Please take a moment to let us know how your experience was by clicking on the link below.

Click here to take our survey
I think they meant to type " We do NOT specifically support linux though. Sorry!"

So has anyone got Turbotax to run through wine?

Came across this thread looking for info on doing it. Not too many tax related threads,
-tw
 
Old 01-26-2005, 09:42 PM   #13
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Weird, I know for certain we used TurboTax's web application last year to file.

I just tried it and it tells me that my OS isn't supported.

Ahh, searching their user forum it seems this is a new development.

How lovely. Looks like I'll be going elsewhere this year possibly.

There are apparent workarounds posted.

http://support.turbotax.com/forums/i...?showtopic=394

http://www.shaftek.org/blog/archives/000223.html

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Old 01-26-2005, 10:02 PM   #14
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http://www.hrblock.com/ seems to allow us to access their web based program with no workarounds or spoofing.

Saw another one I can't think of offhand at the TurboTax forum.
 
Old 08-22-2005, 09:07 PM   #15
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Tax Myths and Truths

Quote:
Originally posted by linux-rulz
"
I thought the Canadain tax system consisted of:

1. how much did you earn last year?

2. Send a check for that amount to the Inland Revenue office in your province.
"

Lol, not quite, but almost. We are after all the most heavily taxed country in the world (whether this is true or not I'm not sure, but a lot of people have told me that).

So yes, that is the basic way of doing taxes in Canada, but they like to draw out the process into numerous useless forms asking stupid questions to make us even more insane! (Or to hide that they are doing exactly what you just said, who knows?)
Being a Canadian living in the United States and having sent many tax returns to both governments, I can tell you two things for sure (1) the Canadian preoccupation with bemoaning the amount of taxes they pay is based on a myth that Americans pay very little in taxes (the real figure is that Americans pay 8%-11% less in taxes. And at least in Canada we have a social safety net and great ideas like socialized medicine. Secondly, the paperwork in Canada is nothing compared to the paperwork and complexity of the US tax system!
 
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