I successfully prepared and E-filed 2006 federal and state (Virginia) taxes with TaxACT 2006 in wine. The 2007 version seems to be equally functional so far. It installed, applied updates from the vendor, applied the deluxe version activation code. Printouts are beautiful. Help files work fine.
What does not
TaxACT uses a custom checkbox widget that displays an X in a box
(e.g. option to contribute $3 to election fund). The X is not visible
under wine. Highlighting of the checkboxes is visible, however, so that
it is possible to mentally maintain the checkbox state, and confirm it
with print preview. For 2007, a few labels in the on screen form are not fully displayed because of font size discrepancies.
Printing directly to the printer from
Windows now works. The deluxe program also conveniently prints to PDF, and
the PDF files contain the proper fonts all encapsulated. You may then
print the PDF from a linux program, like Adobe Acrobat or Gnome
Document Viewer. The print to PDF feature is disabled for the standard
The printed forms use ellipses, which seemed to be placed slightly off in 2006, but they look perfect so far this year (or maybe it is the more recent wine version). On 1040EZ, some other variable text is not placed properly. This is very minor and does not affect legibility or ability to mail in the forms.
of input forms, e.g. W-2, does not work when printing to PDF. I haven't
tried this in Windows. (And my last Win98 disk is dead).
What was not tested
I did not test all forms and schedules. TaxACT is engine based, so this should not matter. I tested all the types of widgets used in the forms.
Check boxes still broken in 0.9.47.
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||PC-BSD 1.5||Jul 03 2008||1.1.0||Yes||Yes||Bronze||an anonymous user|
|Show||Ubuntu 7.10 "Gutsy" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Apr 14 2008||0.9.59.||Yes||Yes||Silver||Whit Blauvelt|
|Show||Fedora 8||Mar 15 2008||0.9.56.||Yes||Yes||Bronze||Stuart Gathman|
|Show||CentOS 5||Jan 08 2008||0.9.52.||Yes||Yes||Bronze||Stuart Gathman|
|Current||CentOS 5||Jan 08 2008||0.9.47.||Yes||Yes||Bronze||Stuart Gathman|