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[News] Australian Taxation Office Angers Citizens Who Value Their Software Freedom

  • Subject: [News] Australian Taxation Office Angers Citizens Who Value Their Software Freedom
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 23 May 2010 23:19:28 +0100
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Linux users cry fail over ATO AUSKey compatibility

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| The Australian Taxation Office is pushing the 
| AUSkey public key infrastructure (PKI) for 
| secure data exchange when submitting tax 
| returns, but Linux users say they have again 
| been left out in the cold.
| [...]
| In the case of tax returns, people can 
| continue to use an ATO digital certificate 
| until it expires â or it is cancelled â and 
| then they will be forced to use an AUSkey. 
| AUSkeys do not expire provided they are used 
| at least once every year.



E-tax could include Apple, Linux users

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| APPLE and Linux users may soon be able to lodge their tax returns online
| alongside millions of Windows computer owners that have been doing so since
| 1999.
| The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) wants to make its e-tax self-lodgement
| software, available on non-Windows operating systems for the first time,
| tender documents have revealed.


Macs, Linux to wait as ATO tenders e-tax

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| The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) last week put the contract to maintain
| and develop its e-tax system out to market, with indications remaining that
| Mac OS X and Linux versions of the software are a ways off.


Linux and the tax office: never the twain shall meet

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| Why would a government body offer trial software for small and other
| businesses which use the GNU/Linux operating system, take it offline when the
| interest in it grows and keep quiet about it thereafter?
| [...]
| "The value to Australia of the uptake by business of the Linux operating
| system is substantial: In terms of balance of payments, the licence fees
| which would go across the globe to Microsoft, could remain in our own
| economy. This would have a positive effect on our balance of payments.
| Government could save money, and the general population could correspond with
| Government without the need for expensive proprietary Office programs.
| "Transactions with the ATO need to be conducted under the most secure
| arrangements possible. Linux and MacOSX answer this need best of all. Why
| would businesses operate their financial and taxation affairs under Windows
| unless the ATO was forcing their choice of an insecure platform? By
| obstructing the uptake of Linux by business the ATO are complicit in
| sabotaging the security of Australian businesses, and of putting the
| interests of a foreign company ahead of the national interest."



Taxman targets Mac, Linux users

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| A spokesperson for the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) said compatibility
| of the application would extend to the Apple Macintosh and Linux
| operating systems. E-tax has so far required taxpayers to use
| Microsoft's Windows OS.


Taxman's Damascus moment: not all computers run Windows

,----[ Quote ]
| The Australian Taxation Office's e-tax online tax return lodgement
| system goes from strength to strength - and finally there are signs
| that people running Mac OS X or Linux will get a chance to use it.
| But don't hold your breath - the changes won't arrive until 2009
| at the earliest.

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