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Broken again.

Upon setting verification, everything was verified except Safari 6.0. Tried to launch Safari 5.0 but failed. Mountain Lion does NOT allow older version of Safari to launch.


So switched Firefox 3.x (Sorry, I forgot). It couldn’t even get pass the verification page.

So, nope, doesn’t work…again. I just hope that IRD will make it compatible with Safari 6.0 by the time we have to report tax for next year.

[Update 7/28/2012: BROKEN again! OS 10.8 Mountain Lion with Safari 6.0 Read this post for details.]

[Update 7/7/2012: It WORKS again! OS 10.7.4 Lion with Safari 5.1.7 Read comments for extra notes.]

Got an email from IRD that I should login to eTax and fill out the tax form. So I headed over to eTax…just to find out that it is…

NOT working again.

Lion is too big a cat that our government can deal with.

[UPDATE: NOT on LION either.]

I wrote last year that we can use e-tax on Mac with Firefox 2. Just an update: NOT ANYMORE IF you’re using  SNOW LEOPARD!

Right, you heard me… NOT ON SNOW LEOPARD.

I got to say that I haven’t tried it for a couple months (who’d keep trying out e-tax everyday?). Anyway, I tried to access e-tax after getting an email from IRD and I’d already installed Snow Leopard already but still kept my Firefox 2. So I accessed it with Firefox 2 but it either failed to open the login page or it crashed as I clicked the login button.

I called IRD and this lady gave me the following advice:

It’s better to use hardcopy.

Got it! I’m switching to hardcopy. All you need to do is to write a letter stating clearly your identity card number and request for cancellation of e-tax account plus switching to hardcopy from now on. The letter should be sent to…

Inland Revenue Tower

5 Gloucester Road, Waichai

Hong Kong

Attn.: Taxation Officer

Everyone who’s using Mac and has no access to PC… switch to hardcopy. I know it’s not environmental friendly but… face the reality: our freaking stupid government is doing nothing to protect the environment. Donald thought he is promoting energy saving bulb but in the end of the day, all our government thinks of or cares about is making money… no matter how.

[UPDATE2: it’s NOT working again. See]

[UPDATE: IRD online service now works on latest version of Safari on Mac! See]

IRD hasn’t sent me anything for years already. Oh well, I did receive it once years back but since I was still in uni and so used my tuition fee as allowance, eventually IRD had to refund the tax I paid. Ever since then, IRD never sent me anything again – I’m what they call “Taxpayer previously assessed as not liable to tax" – no tax return whatsoever.

This year, my visible income finally reaches the bar and I am honest enough to think about “tax". So, I tried to do it online (hate printing stuffs and sending things) then… stuck! Safari, of course, isn’t supported – that’s not a question at all. Alright, go Firefox. Still… it keeps giving me error message.

I was running Firefox 3, which IRD website claims supported. So, what’s the error about? Oh, JVM is not enabled. Wait? JVM is basically included in OS X. As long as I run Software Updates on my Mac, I should have the latest JVM installed on my Mac. (Though installing all software updates may cause other problems… but that’s another story.) So, what’s going on?

I googled it and found that I’m not the only one but the question seems to be unsolved. There is this guy who wrote about using e-tax on his blog and he used it on mac with Firefox 2. So… Let’s give it a try. Googled for Firefox 2 and Mozilla is still offering it on their site for download. Downloaded it, installed it, run it.

Voila! There we go. This time the site runs smoothly. The log-in page is finally loaded up.

So, just really, really, DON’T TRUST THE GOVERNMENT! Though our government seems to be reacting promptly to the Type A H1N1 Flu (aka Swine Flu – and btw, who knows if they’re over-reacting but let’s just think positively), they’re still VERY SLOW in most other areas. You wanna go compatible with government stuffs, DOWNGRADE is the answer!

And downgrade is the track our chief executive’s popularity is on – a constant downgrade.

一月 2021