Art Alexion on 18 Mar 2008 10:17:24 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Windows themes (ON-TOPIC, i promise)

On Monday 17 March 2008 15:28:40 Gabriel Sean Farrell wrote:
>  I bet there's a
> business model that could produce open-source tax software.  Something
> with a focus on related services, maybe?  Or it could be maintained by
> the government, or a non-profit association of accountants.  

From an off-list reply I made to Matthew:

> There is one scenario that would work, but it requires government
> assistance which isn't likely in the US.  The IRS could publish tax "rules"
> in an open format which can be imported into any engine.  There could then
> be proprietary and open engines with different interfaces, printing, etc.
> But I don't see a community supported project that has to almost totally
> rewrite the program every year under the guidance of accountants or tax
> attorneys, and then issue patches every time a new regulation, form change,
> rebate, economic stimulus package, energy bill, etc., went into effect.  
> Anything less really wouldn't be usable.
> I can see it happening in Europe where governments have been more open to
> open source, but not here.  Your are right.  "Never" was poorly chosen, but
> "highly unlikely in my lifetime" is probably about right.

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