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[News] Windows Tax Refunded and Passed to GNU/Linux Developers

  • Subject: [News] Windows Tax Refunded and Passed to GNU/Linux Developers
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 16 Oct 2009 23:34:07 +0100
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Windows license refund donated to Mint

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| I was recently contacted by a person called 
| Graeme Cobbett. In his email he told me he got 
| his Windows license refunded and donated that 
| money to Linux Mint. Of course, as you can 
| imagine, he felt pretty happy about it and he 
| wanted to let people know how he did it.



Understanding the Scope

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| Besides...Linux Against Poverty does not end in Austin...this is only the
| beginning. People on 4 continents are waiting for us to get this documented
| so they can hold their own event.


Linux, Mac users - your copy of Windows may be tax deductible

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| While better than previous years, it is still little comfort to Macintosh
| users or those who may not be able to get WINE working for whatever reason.
| The Australian Tax Office (ATO) has not indicated any interest in producing
| either a cross-platform edition of e-tax or a release for any non-Microsoft
| operating system.


Call for Tax Deductibility for Donating (to) FLOSS (AU)

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| There is cause to believe that an entity could be established in such a way
| as to be a deductible gift recipient under the Australian Income Tax
| legislation and that donations of open source software to that entity would
| give rise to a tax deduction to the benefit of the donor while preserving
| public access to the software.  Such an arrangement would benefit individual
| FLOSS developers (who have an income against which a deduction can be
| claimed), including those whose FLOSS activities are pro bono at the moment.
| There is no reason to think the same principles would not apply to other
| licensing schemes, such as open content.


Can Washington Charge Unauthorized Downloaders With Tax Evasion?

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| A bunch of states have been pushing forward with plans to add taxes on
| digital downloads. The state of Washington apparently passed just such a law,
| which is scheduled to go into effect on July 26th. Nate sent in a note,
| pointing out that under a strict reading of the details of the bill you could
| see how the state could go after unauthorized downloaders as "tax evaders."

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