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Call for Tax Deductibility for Donating (to) FLOSS (AU)

Jun 12, 2009, 17:01 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brendan Scott)

[ Thanks to Brendan Scott for this link. ]

"Policy makers too often overlook the fact that the whole of the community benefits whenever software is released under a FLOSS licence. The intended beneficiary of such a scheme are therefore the community as a whole. However, consistently with existing government policy to provide incentives for the creation of works, the donors of such FLOSS software would also benefit through a tax benefit in return for the donation. Further, as businesses will likely be able to deduct the costs of development of software which is created in the course of their business, the donors most likely to benefit are those individual developers engaged in pro bono development"

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