Tax is really stupid

e-tax is not compatible with Linux or Apple Macintosh computers. However, e-tax has been tested successfully on an Apple computer running OS X v10.4.3 with Virtual PC 7 software emulating a recommended Windows operating system.
I'm going to have to do my tax on a PC. Honestly OS X 10.4.3 it's 2008 people... Do the people at the Tax Office live under rocks? I'm sorry Australian Tax office but you get a stupid award for this one.



aus_chick said... 7/15/2008 5:23 am  

weird. i'm surprised it's not browser specific.

RodeoClown said... 7/15/2008 5:40 am  

It doesn't use a browser (which in itself is stupid).

I reckon I could write a better website for doing everyone's tax than the software they dole out - it's terrible...

The Borg said... 7/15/2008 6:27 pm  

Sounds like government laziness.

Bren said... 7/15/2008 9:37 pm  

Hi Mike - I'm showing my nerdiness here. But you could try something like Cross Over this is a commercial implementation of WINE - which is opensource software for running Windows apps on unix/linux without running Windows OS itself. I've tried Cross Over before with success.

One Salient Oversight said... 7/19/2008 12:05 am  

Ditto with me. Looks like I've got a new drinks coaster courtesy of the government.

government worker said... 7/21/2008 1:08 pm  

I'd say it's government *efficiency* - the number of people wanting to use e-tax who don't have access to a PC (or bootcamp) wouldn't justify the expenditure of taxpayer dollars.

Martin said... 7/23/2008 2:06 pm  

Hey there

Anthony Rochester said... 7/24/2008 9:16 pm  

I don't understand what the reference to OSX 10.4.3 is about. Are you saying that they should support older systems than that, or do you imply that everyone should be forced to upgrade to the latest operating system?
I'm using OSX 10.3.2 and don't plan to upgrade it at the moment because of compatibility issues with my digi001 audio interface. Its a bit old but it works, I can pretend that I'm still in 2003.

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