[sf-lug] linux friendly tax preparation

Rigel Christian rigelc at gmail.com
Sun Mar 21 14:01:08 PDT 2010

there's nothing special about browsers running under linux. if you're
using firefox you can use the "about:config" page to change the
user-agent string to something more mundane and i've found that this
generally works well enough to fool the fsck-wits who want to restrict
their services to windoze/mac owners. there are also mozilla plugins
for user-agent switching that provide a simple button-click to turn it
on and off if thats more your speed.

with all that said, i've recently discovered the joys of
virtualization on the desktop (virtualbox), and when i absolutely need
to see how something is handled by windows i just fire up a virtual
machine. i'm sure turbotax would run in a vm, everything else does.

as for the tax angle, i've used the freefilefillableforms or whatever
it is that the IRS directs you to, for the second year this time,
without issues. i suppose if you have a lot of deductions or whatever
it will make a difference but my return is pretty straightforward. use
your previous year's return as a guide and DIY is my advice.

On Sun, Mar 21, 2010 at 4:47 PM, Alex Kleider <a_kleider at yahoo.com> wrote:
> I've finally severed my long standing relationship with TurboTax (which doesn't work on Linux- and this year I couldn't make their disc  work on Mac OS X either.)
> I thought it would be easy to simply use an on-line facility but it turns out that TurboTax, H&R Block and JacksonHewitt do NOT support browsers running under Linux.
> www.taxslayer.com does work (and at a cost much less than what I was paying turbotax.)
> Thought you might like to know.
> ak
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