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NewsForge: Brazilian Government Faces Challenge Over Proprietary Tax Software

Oct 31, 2006, 12:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

"The Free Software Foundation--Latin America (FSFLA) is campaigning against the Brazilian government's regulations that some citizens must use non-free software for paying taxes. Referring to the software as 'Softwares Impostos,' a term that puns in Portuguese on 'taxes' and 'imposed,' FSFLA has launched a letter-writing campaign against the requirement, arguing that it is both contrary to current social policies and a violation of the Brazilian constitution.

"Complaints about government services that are accessible only through proprietary software are increasingly common around the world..."

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