Mac users to get e-tax in 2013

Summary:Mac users will again miss out on Mac-compatible e-tax software to do their taxes in 2012, but the Australian Tax Office (ATO) has promised that this will be fixed by 2013.

Mac users will again miss out on Mac-compatible e-tax software to do their taxes in 2012, but the Australian Tax Office (ATO) has promised that this will be fixed by 2013.

The ATO's e-tax application, developed using Delphi, currently only supports Microsoft Windows, but the release of the Delphi XE2 platform in September last year would have allowed the ATO to port the e-tax application to OS X, because Delphi has a cross-platform graphical user interface (GUI) framework called FireMonkey. This would allow software developers to create GUIs that work on Windows, OS X and iOS, but the ATO would first need to convert the e-tax GUI to FireMonkey to make it work.

The ATO today said that it has been working with its technology partners since late 2011 to see whether e-tax could be brought out on OS X, but, as of yet, there are still a few unresolved issues.

"Complexities in applying this recent technology, including security and usability issues, mean that we are unable to make e-tax compatible with Apple Mac systems for tax time 2012," the ATO said in a statement. "The ATO continues to work through these issues with a view to delivery of a version suitable for Mac users in 2013."

In addition to getting an OS X version of e-tax ready for 2013, the ATO said that it is looking at redeveloping e-tax as a web-based product, meaning that most operating systems used by Australian taxpayers would be able to access e-tax.

The e-tax software continues to gain popularity in Australia, with 2.6 million taxpayers in total filing their tax documents via e-tax last year, an increase of 5 per cent from 2010.

Topics: Apple, Government, Government : AU

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