Ok, gripes first:
To the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), if it isn’t important enough for you to develop (with any timeliness) e-Tax for Mac users, then clearly you don’t need my taxes. I am a citizen and shouldn’t have to jump through hoops to get my simple tax return lodged. Poor form ATO, how hard can it be? I mean if I can figure out a work around, you can figure out a Mac solution!
Gripe over, onto the easy solution– and if I can get it to work, then anyone can!
Firstly, my system details: I’m running a new iMac on the latest OS 10.7.4 and I use a (crappy) Vodafone pocket wifi connection which is sometimes fast, most times slow and no-time Pinterest functional.
To get your e-Tax done, you need to do the following, and be warned you’ll burn through about 3.5GB of your data allowance in the process.
1. Download Parallels Desktop for Mac. Sign up to the 14 day FREE trail. This means you need to be ready to go on your e-Tax return or be prepared to buy the software for AUD$89.95 at the end of the trial.
2. Once you’ve downloaded Parallels, select the FREE Windows 8 trial: this is where your 3.5GB will go. Using the crappy pocket wifi, it took about 3 hours to download, it will be faster if you’re on cable or have a decent connection.
3. Select the Mac option (that allows sharing of files between PC and Mac)
4. Once Windows is running and you get over the weird interface, go to internet explorer (I know, it’s a violation of any Mac) and download the e-Tax program from www.ato.gov.au
5. You’re ready to e-Tax!
See: how easy was that!
There is some lags between desktops: it isn’t super fast but it works! And with any luck, you’ll have your refund in the 12 day online processing time!
And if you’re also unlucky enough to be using one of Vodafone’s pocket wifi devices, I’d be interested in hearing if you have any success with Pinterest: my boards simply won’t load, and if I tether my iPhone (which is with Telstra) to my iMac it works fine. Of course, Vodafone haven’t a clue and are now back to ignoring me. No surprises there.