[openstandaarden] TVA/VAT: Company and Tax on Line
ward at pong.be
Wed Sep 10 15:29:09 CEST 2003
David GLAUDE wrote:
> I am looking for detailed description of company that had problem
> filling the VAT form (or Tax on Line for citizen) because of the used of
> non free software or incompatible or non standard API/protocol/format.
I filed my personal taxes online with the Tax on Line application at
http://www.belgium.be. I used Linux + MozillaFirebird, and the
application worked _flawlessly_. Not ONE single small layout problem,
let alone more serious site operation problems. In addition to that, the
application is well designed. It does not depart very much from the
paper tax form, allowing someone familiar with the paper version to find
her way without much trouble. At the same time, it adds new features
like calculating the result of ones taxes. And it allows saving of the
(partially) completed form at any moment. It even provides a PDF copy of
the completed form after filing!
In other words, I am _very_ impressed with the current setup. Our tax
money has been well spent on that application. Other parts of the
government (ministry of education, VRT, ...) can learn a lot from the
As a side note, I think a _positive_ comment by openstandaarden.be,
encouraging the government to continue on the chosen path of
inter-operability and open standards compliance, would be a nice thing
to do. Too often we need to complain - encouraging could be far more
> This is for "political" use, the goal might be to make oral question in
> front of Parliament or more.
If that happens, I think there should be a big compliment included for
the team that built this application.
What may deserve a question in front of parliament is why it takes
almost a YEAR for the tax service to process the information. I have an
American friend who after filing her taxes online this year received her
tax refund _in her bank account_ two WEEKS later.
Bye for now,
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