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My choice: Gnumeric and Acroread

Posted by: Anonymous [ip:] on March 31, 2008 07:19 PM
For years I've been preparing my taxes with a spreadsheet, then copying the numbers by hand onto paper forms and mailing them in. When I started using Linux back in 2000 or so I continued to do that. Last year I discovered that the IRS provides PDFs of all of their forms that you can enter data into and save, then print. The data entry feature is not supported by evince, but acroread can handle it under Linux. So now I make out my spreadsheet and then copy/paste to the PDF. The first time I made a spreadsheet for tax purposes it took me less than an hour, and of course once you've done that you can copy last year's spreadsheet and make a few tweaks to make it work for the current tax laws.

I probably spend less time doing this than I would trying to get Turbo Tax to work under Wine.


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