e-tax 2009 Now Available For Download

etax2009Want to submit your tax return electronically? The official 2009 e-tax program from the ATO is now available for download.

Last year, 2.2 milion Australians submitted their tax returns online using the software, doubtless attracted by the promise of 14-day refund turnarounds. If you've used the program previously, some details can also be pre-populated from previous returns.

The software remains Windows-only; Mac users can potentially use Boot Camp or other solutions, but trying the process on Linux via WINE sounds risky, frankly. The ATO also doesn't support using e-tax with 64-bit Windows systems.

Hit the link for advice on installing and running the software securely, and be sure to check out what's changed in tax this year, what deductions you're entitled to and what documents you need to keep before submitting.

e-tax 2009


Comments

    The fact that after all these years, eTax is still a Windows only system is not good enough. This doesn't address people with different computers, or even various accessibility concerns.

    It's about time the Commonwealth Government pulled their finger out on this and made a secure, accessible, standards-compliant web eTax, so ALL Australians can access it.

    Specifically: "E-tax is not compatible with Linux or Apple Macintosh computers. However, e-tax has been tested successfully on an Apple computer running OS X v10.4.3 with Virtual PC 7 software emulating a recommended Windows operating system."

    http://www.ato.gov.au/individuals/content.asp?doc=/content/73931.htm

    "2.2 milion Australians submitted their tax returns online" I wonder how many more, in comparison, did internet banking and how many more would submit their tax return online if it was as accessible as the banks have made it (in most cases).

    I'm trying to avoid the inevitable non-Windows user whinging but I really don't understand why I can move around large sums of money via internet banking using most any browser, yet the ATO's only option is some contrived ancient system to submit a relatively uncomplicated form.

    @Nick Lo thoroughly agree.

    However, little will change until the powers that be get the ATO bigwigs to change things.

    I work in a large accountancy firm, and regularly have to deal with inadequacies with the ATO Tax Agent Portal software/setup. Officially, the ATO only supports IE, Safari and (!!) Netscape browsers for use with the ATO Portal and no mention of Firefox.

    Linux doesn't rate a blip because the top of the food chain doesn't think it warrants it (though ATO Portal developers do, and have unofficially supported some developments - there's a thread on whirlpool about unofficial support for the ATO CSI from ATO CSI developers).

    But at the end of the day, it is frustrating that a government agency effectively mandates what OS and what browser I can use to access things that I have a right to access as a citizen.

      It is probably something to do with the fact the PC outsell MAC systems by hmm about 20 to 1. Supply and demand, why invest millins into devolping a mac friendly etax when it will be use by probably less then 100 000 users at most. Same asnwers would go for the firefox question.

        This is a stupid excuse not to develop a standard compliant, web based eTax.

        Government services should be available to everyone, not just 90% of the population.

    Add me to the list crying out for a platform independant web application.

    Mac market share is up around 10%, and I would guess that windows 64bit is nearing another 10-20% effectively blocking out around a quarter of the population. If anyone can give some more precise stats I'd love to see actual figures...

    The system needs to be scrapped and rebuilt. And it should have been done years ago.

    What a load of crap from the Federal Government. Heard of Java? It's CROSS PLATFORM AND EASY AND GOOD. Use it. eTax looks like its something a high school kid made in MS Access.

    No Linux/MacOS support is shocking, but now also no x64 Windows support? OMG. Australia is pathetic. Look to Obama. RDF on whitehouse.gov, recovery.gov built on Drupal. When will we see this movement in Australia?

      2050+ :)

        Fuck off dickhead. America is shit, no free healthcare, too many homeless people and way too much pollution. Ur probly some cunt that lives off the government anyway.. pffft

    They've been promising a cross platform (or at least mac compatible) system for at least 5 years. It's utterly ridiculous that it still Windows only even worse that it is still a fat client.

    I can access every other facet of my finances on any internet enabled device, but I can only do my tax with a pen and paper or a pirated version of Windows.

    No linux, mac or 64bit Windows... What are the ATO thinking

    quit whinging you all sound a kid who asked Santa for a bmx for xmass and got a pink girls bike instead!

    why would the ATO care about a cross platform when the only thing they care about is receiving their portion of your wages every week/fortnight etc.

    I downloaded and installed etax 2009 last night - but apparently my prefill information is not available yet.

    Hey guys this is Austraila. Give us another 50 years and the government may start to think about a non-windows version.

    The direct link Is http://www.ato.gov.au/content/downloads/etax2009/etax2009_1.msi

    and for all those people who complain about not having windows....tsk tsk tsk sort it out

    Curious that the ATO should be so friendly with Microsoft, and help it to maintain a monopoly, while Microsoft goes to great lengths to minimise its Australian taxes by billing much of its Australian sales out of Singapore rather than Microsoft Australia.

    The fact is it's a windows based program. You can also get your pen and paper out and manually fill the book out, stop ya winging, your all starting to sound like The Poms.

    Taryn: Get over it. Everyone has access to a PC, and the only people with macs are those that use them for a specific purpose (graphic design, etc). And most times they have a PC lying around as well for the 80% of software that isn't made for Apple.

    Same goes with Linux.

      Adam,
      I Disagree - (Fact: a mac can do anything better than a pc, if u make an app to do it !) I know so many people who use mac for everything and not something specific. Why do we need to live with Ctrl Alt Del and hung PC. Can't we make the choice to live with a responsive computer which is clutter free ? Another thing: if u have used a ipod/iphone.. u know that apple products are not tested on users.. cant say the same for MS..

        Macs are definitely better at parting fools from their money than Windows PCs.

    I guess this makes my personal copy of windows 100% tax deductible, as the only time I've logged into it in the past 12 months is to do my tax return!

    I wish the ATO would include Mac users …maybe next year? *sigh*
    I gave up on PC when I discovered that those on Mac don’t really need virus protection, Family members having Mac laptops for 4 years and NEVER having to have it … what’s that f word?… ah yes …. formatted….

    Not only has the ATO failed to provide Mac or Cross-Platform Etax software, in previous years. It would appear with the 2009 software they have gone out of there way to make in inaccessible to macs. Changing the file to .msi instead of a .exe. If it was a .exe I could just open it through Crossover. Why are they so STUPID???

    See my blog for why I set up a petition http://www.petitiononline.com/FreeEtax/petition.html to demand a platform-neutral eTax system:

    http://opinion-nation.blogspot.com/2009/07/free-etax-software.html

    Over 500 signatures and building up fast.

    Add to that as a federal government employee I am not allowed to download etax at work and because I'm a Mac user, can't use it at home. So I'll have to take time off work to get my taxes done somewhere!

    does not useing a microsoft product mean i have to take abuse from close minded fools?
    'Trevor Goodchild
    July 4, 2009 at 10:21 AM
    The fact is it’s a windows based program. You can also get your pen and paper out and manually fill the book out, stop ya winging, your all starting to sound like The Poms.'
    .... we shouldnt HAVE to trevor
    'Ben
    July 2, 2009 at 9:28 AM
    and for all those people who complain about not having windows….tsk tsk tsk sort it out'
    Growup Ben, not evry1 can afford it.
    'marztar
    July 1, 2009 at 9:24 PM
    quit whinging you all sound a kid who asked Santa for a bmx for xmass and got a pink girls bike instead!

    why would the ATO care about a cross platform when the only thing they care about is receiving their portion of your wages every week/fortnight etc.'
    because we also pay our taxes marztar
    'BigSean
    July 7, 2009 at 6:23 AM
    It is probably something to do with the fact the PC outsell MAC systems by hmm about 20 to 1. Supply and demand, why invest millins into devolping a mac friendly etax when it will be use by probably less then 100 000 users at most. Same asnwers would go for the firefox question.'
    hmmm, heres a fact for u Bigsean.. If those same ppl didnt bother to pay their tax, it wouldnt take long for the ato to charge them for it.
    'Emma
    July 10, 2009 at 11:23 AM
    Fuck off dickhead. America is shit, no free healthcare, too many homeless people and way too much pollution. Ur probly some cunt that lives off the government anyway.. pffft'
    a prime example of just how good our education system is.

    these ppl dont seem to understand that the ATO is supporting a monopoly (which is just wrong).... an american 1 at that, which makes it WORSE!

    Late arrival, awaiting the next mind blowing Gizmodo post on the 2010 edition. Boo YEAH!

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