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Giving electronic tax-filers a break would save money, environment: Layton

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Start.shaw.ca – National News Article

Layton suggests $10 for this year. However, just buying the software – even for preparation on web page – costs more than double that. If you are a business, you can deduct the cost of preparing a return. Not for personal tax payers. And anyway, why is the tax system so ridiculously complicated that we need software – or companies like H & R Block?

For individuals and families the system of assessing and collecting tax needs to be drastically simplified, and explained in plain language. There should be no need for ordinary people to give up a chunk of their tax rebate to commercial operations which would not exist if only the revenue collectors did their job properly.

Because that is why Jack’s idea is not going to be adopted. The government that gives away free tax form preparation software puts several commercial software companies out of a very lucrative business, which was only created as a business opportunity in the first place by the government.

Written by Stephen Rees

March 27, 2007 at 10:00 am

Posted in politics

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  1. In total agreement. I searched in vain for some kind of open source solution – no such luck. Good ol’ paper it is.

    Karen

    March 28, 2007 at 12:35 pm


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