niiler writes "On March 25, 2008, the first public release of TaxGeek07 was made available. TaxGeek is a Mozilla-based US income tax program that includes Form 1040, Schedules A, B, C, C-EZ, D, E, K-1 (1065), R, and many other forms (see list below). Most of the forms that are not directly supported are included as context-sensitive links to PDFs on the IRS website. TaxGeek will do many of the calculations required in filing your income tax and print the results to PDF format (via PDF::Reuse). E-Filing is not supported at this time. It can use tax-tables, tax-formula, and the qualified dividends and capital gains methods. It has many of the supporting worksheets for 1040 implemented and working and many of the supporting worksheets for schedules and forms that are supported.
The current edition is much improved from last year's edition in features and testing. Key to the improvements are the ability to keep the data separate from the program, the introduction of form overrides for calculated fields, and the inclusion of several additional forms and schedules." Link to Original Source top
niiler writes "There is finally a usable Federal Income Tax program for Linux users who don't wish to file online.
TaxGeek is a Mozilla-based US income tax program that includes Form 1040, Schedules A, B, C, C-EZ, D, E, K-1 (1065), SE (Short and Long), W2, Forms 8880, 8853, 8863, 8812, 5695, 4952,3903, 2106, 2106ez, 2441 with access to most other files as PDFs. It is also intended to be extensible so that developers can easily add other forms that are needed without affecting the existing file formats and stored data.
TaxGeek will do all the calculations required in the forms it supports. It can use tax-tables, tax-formula, and the qualified dividends and capital gains methods. It has 95% of the supporting worksheets for 1040 implemented and working and many of the supporting worksheets for schedules and forms that are supported. Additionally, TaxGeek has a context-based repository of PDFs of all the commonly used IRS forms that aren't officially supported. These forms are clearly marked for identification by developers of what needs to happen next.
TaxGeek will also create PDFs of all the supported Forms so that you can not only do your taxes, but also print them and send them in to the IRS. PDF creation support is only possible with the installation of Perl PDF::Reuse. At this point, e-filing is *not* supported.
P.S. The name was picked because of the nickname I acquired due to my interest in the topic."
niiler writes | more than 10 years ago
Recently, I read the book "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy" by Greg Palast. While I'm not a great fan of his writing style (he could easily out-do Geraldo Rivera in sensationalism), he does bring up some interesting points. Among the most interesting to me is the idea behind privatization. Privatization, as touted by the IMF, WTO, and most recently, Bush administration, is an attempt to minimize government by contracting out the functions of government to private companies. In addition to contracting out the actual jobs (defense, research, etc), privatization advocates also want to privatize oversight of contractors. These ideas are mirrored on CommonDreams.org and MotherJones.com and other sites.
You might be wondering what all this has to do with the Linux adaptation in government. We always argue that Linux is cheaper, it's open source, and in many cases better than the proprietary alternatives and thus should be automatically adapted. But the problem is that government in many countries is no longer of the people, by the people and for the people. Palast, Mother Jones and others have pointed out with increasing desperation that governmnent is setup and run by corporations with no oversight. Witness the Halliburton debacle in Iraq. Halliburton was chosen with no bidding to reward friends of the VP. So long as the trend towards no-bid contracts with no oversight continues, there is little or no hope of getting Linux in the door.
Linux and Open Source Software espouse the philosophy of empowerment of the masses. Linux and the internet as it has been allow for the free flow of information upstream AND downstream. This is problematic for the corporate world which has increasingly sought to control the information we consume and how we consume it. By and large, an informed and educated public is not swayed by marketing and is harder to manipulate. Thus, Open Source software is coming under increasing fire as it gains prominence because it threatens the bottom line. To see more connections between geopolitics and Open Source Software adaptation, see Willy Smith's A42.com.
niiler writes | more than 10 years ago
While listening to the NPR show "Here & Now" from WBUR in Boston today, they mentioned the recent plethora of worms and viruses affecting Windows computers. Three options were offered by the experts on the show: to wait for the trusted computing platform from M$ and thereby lose your ability to control your computer; to go to Macintosh since there are fewer viruses and thereby lose your ability to buy software since fewer programs are written for Macintosh; or to just keep wasting time and continuing to patch ones M$ system. I queried the producers as to why Linux was left out of the line-up. The response from producer, Alan Coukell, was as follows: "Thanks for your message. We did talk about Linux but had to cut it out for reasons of length. The bottom line from David, and from other computer literate people I've talked to, seems to be that most people still find it pretty difficult, even impossible, to get it running on their home machine. Thanks for writing." Is this true? Red Hat 8.1 installed instantly for me. The Morphix CD gave me a fully configured and working Toshiba 1410 laptop in about 2 minutes with internet access and all. Lycoris installed flawlessly on an old P233 I run. What gives? How can we get the word out to the media that Linux is easy to configure and use?