I’ve been using Intuit’s Turbotax for some years now. The application works reasonably well and saves me the hassles of having to do all the calculations by hand.
This year, motivated by a nice discount, I decided to do my taxes earlier. Shove the procrastination aside, fire up the browser and click on the Turbotax link. The following message from Intuit greeted me:
Your Web browser is not supported. TurboTax for the Web does not work with the Web browser you are using. You must use one of the following supported browsers: (...)
Naturally, you see the usual variety plus Netscape (which is strange, as Mozilla should be equivalent to Netscape).
After some googling, I found Mike Oliveri’s Blog, amongst others, detailing the problem. To cut a long story short, it is possible to fool the site with Mozilla’s User Agent switcher, but still, it’s impossible to run the site properly under Linux, as it apparently makes use of ActiveX controls.
This year, Intuit is not seeing the color of my money. I’m taking my business elsewhere. Perhaps, next year, if they support Linux, I’ll get back.
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