April 8, 2010 by abadger1999 Why’d we think this President would be OSS Friendly? IRS freefile now requires Microsoft SilverLight. Thanks, Mr President. Share this:FacebookTwitterLike this:Like Loading... Related
What is IRS freefile?
In the United States we have a tax on income. Generally, the government takes the tax out of your paycheck. At the end of the tax year, you go through your records and fill out some forms to get the portion of the tax back that you didn’t need to pay (because the government will give you money back for having to raise children, take care of parents, paying off school loans, or supporting other things that it thinks are worthwhile) or you find out that you owe more money than was taken out and you send a check to the IRS. Taking care of taxes is handled through the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
For the past several years the IRS has had a service known as FreeFile to let taxpayers file their tax forms electronically for no charge. This year, it requires Microsoft Silverlight which means it’s no longer available to my OSS-only household.
Well, technically moonlight is OSS. Dunno if it’s equivalent enough.
And the answer to that second part…. appears to be ‘no’.
Time to contact your representatives.
Isn’t there a newly formed political lobbying group that’s acting as an advocate for these sort of issue in the US fed?
Maybe they have some ideas on how to organize reaction to this for best effect.
Thanks Jef! I’ve sent them a quick email about this.