Intuit QuickTax bug fix almost there

Intuit UK this morning said it expects to shortly offer a bug fix version of its QuickTax 97 self-assessment software.

In August, the financial software firm sent out letters to 50,000 potential users who could have been hit by a bug causing incorrect calculations. The firm has promised to pay for any penalties incurred by users for filing incorrect returns.

Tony Macklin, Intuit UK product manager, said that users would receive a fix very shortly and "well before" the January 31, 1998 tax deadline.

"We underestimated the depth of changes being made and as a result we didn't have sufficient testing procedures in place and bugs slipped through. We were disappointed with the quality of the product and take full responsibility," Macklin said.