FSFLA liberates tax declaration in Brazil

As featured in my March entry “When governments mandate proprietary software,” Brazil had mandated that all citizens file their tax declaration with a proprietary program distributed by the government.

Alexandre Oliva of FSFLA, FSFE‘s sister organisation in Latin America, reverse engineered that software and created a Free Software implementation, which he successfully used to file his taxes.

You can read more at FSFLA’s web site and the software is already available online.

Apparently this is sending shock-waves through the federal tax authority already. Hopefully they will have the sense to offer this program to all citizens of Brazil very soon.

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About Georg Greve

Georg Greve is CEO and President of the Board at Kolab Systems AG, a Swiss Open Source ISV for collaboration and communication, also available as Swiss hosted service Kolab Now. During his 20+ year career in Free and Open Source Software he has been author of the Brave GNU World, one of the most widely spread columns on the subject, founding president of the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) and provided input to various governmental and inter-governmental organisations. In 2009 Georg was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit on Ribbon by the Federal Republic of Germany for his contributions to Open Source and Open Standards.
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