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This is the Australian Taxation Office's program to calculate and lodge Tax Returns

Application Details:

Version: 2009
Votes: Marked as obsolete
Latest Rating: Bronze
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.1.33

Maintainers: About Maintainership

Free Download Download page at ATO's web site

Test Results

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What works

Etax2009 version of July 13, 2009.

1. Installation started by:

$ msiexec /i  etax2009_1,msi

2. Reading of taxpayer's 2008 .TAX file for data unlikely to change (rollover).

3. Entry of income and CGT data, writing of .TAX file and calculation of tax.

4. Print out of tax return for records or paper lodgement with ATO.

5. Reading of .TAX file by etax2009 running under MS Windows XP for prefilling, registration or Internet lodgement.

6. Reading of .TAX file partially prepared and written using XP by etax2009 running under Wine.

7. Check for etax2009 updates and error messages.

What does not

1. Companion help program.

2.  Secure communications with ATO (prefilling, registration and lodgement).


What was not tested

My tax affairs are simple so most of etax2009 was not tested.

Hardware tested


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  • Driver:

Additional Comments

1. I installed msxml4.dll and msxml4r.dll using winetricks for etax2008 and they are still necessary. 2. Etax2006 and etax2007 worked better.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowMac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard"Dec 06 20091.1.33Yes Yes BronzeGarry Brooke 
ShowUbuntu 8.10 "Intrepid" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jun 30 20091.1.22Yes Yes BronzeRobert Backhaus 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 6.x "Squeeze" x86_64Oct 29 20091.0.1Yes Yes Bronzean anonymous user 
CurrentDebian GNU/Linux 5.x "Lenny"Jul 22 20091.0.1Yes Yes Bronzean anonymous user 

Known Bugs

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HowTo / Notes

TFN Number

In order to do any testing on this program, a "TFN" or Tax File Number is required. "123456782" passes validation, and can be used to test operation of the software.

It is not, however, a valid number at the tax office, so you cannot use it to test verification or lodgement.

Use the latest Wine:

Make sure you are running the latest version of Wine (currently 1.1.26). You can check your version with the command:

wine --version

If you do not have the latest version, follow the instructions at Wine Binary Downloads

Use winetricks:

You need msxml via winetricks. Run this command:

wget && sh winetricks msxml4

Installing ETax:

Once you have the etax install file, run it with Wine:

$ msiexec /i  etax2009_1.msi

Hopefully the entire process will complete successfully. If you encounter a problem, please file a bug or post a comment.

At present, securely verifying your identity and lodgement does not work. These steps must be carried out on a windows machine.


The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. WineHQ is not responsible for what they say.

eTax 2009 in Mac OS X
by Garry Brooke on Monday December 7th 2009, 20:07
I have been able to install and run eTax 2009 in Mac OS X 10.6.2 using the WineBottler package. I get the same problems as already reported: can't install updates, can't pre-fill. There were lots of errors before I realised that I had to completely close X11 and Wine after installing the "msxml4.dll" package. Otherwise, it seems to run.
RE: eTax 2009 in Mac OS X
by Garry Brooke on Wednesday December 9th 2009, 23:35
I get a "1030" error when I try the Pre-fill function. I rang the ATO who advised it is a communications, language or location settings problem. Settings must be for English (Aus) and an Australian location. That is fine on my iMac so they said I need to follow the instructions set out in the firewall settings. I can't easily edit the firewall settings so, I turned it off altogether. I also turned off LittleSnitch which migh have been getting in the way. I still get the 1030 error.

I now think the problem might be that eTax is looking for components of Internet Explorer in order to communicate with the ATO. I will install IE 6 and give it go. I also have an incomplete Gecko installation that might be a problem with eTax Help and maybe comms too.


Same 80030002 error
by Jen on Friday August 14th 2009, 22:41
Am having the same issue with installing a .msi file.
Keep getting:

err:msi:copy_package_to_temp failed to copy package L"etax2009_1.msi"
fixme:msi:MSI_OpenDatabaseW open failed r = 80030002 for L"etax2009_1.msi"

Am following all the prompts, please help!!!
RE: Same 80030002 error
by Robert Backhaus on Friday August 14th 2009, 22:54
I would say that you don't have write permissions to parts of your wine tree, or maybe you don't have permissions on your systems tmp directory.
The first thing to do is get a little more information. Could you turn on a few debug channels (eg. WINEDEBUG=trace+file wine msiexec etax2009_1.msi ). This should tell you where it is attempting (and failing) to write that file, which should tell you where you need to give yourself write permissions.
RE: Same 80030002 error
by Jen on Sunday August 16th 2009, 0:27
Hi! Thanks for info... ran DEBUG and got long screen of information. I am a newbie and dont know what to look for. Couldnt post all the info. Your help would be greatly appreciated!
RE: Same 80030002 error
by Robert Backhaus on Monday August 17th 2009, 0:49
I got the full comment emailed to me, before someone else quite rightly deleted it! Please do not post long program outputs as comments!

The output of the program indicates that you forgot the -i from the msiexec command string.

Try it again, with the correct command string. If it does not work, try it with 'err' instead of 'trace' in the WINEDEBUG string. that will hopefully tell you what file it was unable to write.
Encouraging the ATO
by Patrick on Monday August 3rd 2009, 23:39
Reading the information on the ATO site here:
they state:
"The Tax Office will continue investigating to make e-tax available to different computer platforms."

So perhaps if we gave them a little encouragement they might be able to make future versions Wine compatible. It would certainly be easier for them than a complete Unix/MacOSX port.
RE: Encouraging the ATO
by Hew McLachlan on Tuesday August 4th 2009, 6:41
Many people have been asking for Linux support every year for a while now. I wouldn't be holding my breath waiting for them to care.
by Meela on Saturday August 1st 2009, 19:50
These instructions quickly took me from a blank non functioning e-tax, to one that was actually working.