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Taxman's Damascus moment: not all computers run Windows

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The Australian Taxation Office's e-tax online tax return lodgement system goes from strength to strength - and finally there are signs that people running Mac OS X or Linux will get a chance to use it. But don't hold your breath - the changes won't arrive until 2009 at the earliest.

"[We] will redevelop e-tax to make it compatible with any computer system that has internet access. We will test this with a small group of users in 2008," wrote the Commissioner of Taxation, Michael D’Ascenzo.

If the trial is successful, it will be extended to taxpayers at large "in future years".

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