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Re: [libreplanet-discuss] free and libre tax software

From: Hanno Böck
Subject: Re: [libreplanet-discuss] free and libre tax software
Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2017 19:52:00 +0100

On Fri, 24 Mar 2017 23:59:53 -0400
Greg Knittl <> wrote:

> Are there any other free/libre tax calculation engines out there? I 
> would think the technical challenges are going to be similar around
> the world. There may be similar political challenges to getting tax 
> authorities to open up their interfaces. It would be very helpful to 
> have examples of other countries where people do use free/libre tax 
> software to submit their returns electronically.

There's a software called geierlein [1] for german tax forms, and there
was an older software called taxbird by the same author. Geierlein is a
rewrite of Taxbird, relies on Javascript and runs as a firefox
application. Both are/were free software.

However geierlein can not be used to submit the main tax forms, only
so-called "Umsatzsteuervoranmeldung". The german tax stuff has
different APIs and only one of them is allowed to be accessible by
third party software. (however since a while there's a fully web based
solution available, so at least no need to have windows any more.)


Hanno Böck

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