I want to use TurboTax online to do my Income Tax but apparently Ubuntu (or any other flavor of Linux) is not supported. Is there any way around this? I have Chrome and Firefox but both get the "Not Supported" page at TurboTax website.
Trick turbo tax into thinking you're on Windows 7 64 bit with IE9:
Check out the last section called "Mozilla Firefox"
Accept the warning
Create a new string called
Set the value to
Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; MSIE 9.0; Windows NT 6.1; Win64; x64; Trident/5.0)
Close out of firefox and revisit turbotax
Log in and finish taxes
Why would a Web-Application not support an Operating System? AFAIK, if something is not supported, then it is the browser (and generally, only one Browser is mentioned in that context). What I could think of is:
- Those people are simply biased towards Linux and block any access from it.
- They are using a plugin or special software that is only supported by Windows or Mac and therefor block access from Linux (I doubt it)
In any case, you should get a User-Agent-Switcher. With that little plugin, you can fake your Browser and/or Operating System so that the website does not know that you are running Linux. It is kind of sad that people have to resort to those methods.
A firefox agent switcher can be obtained here: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/user-agent-switcher/developers
- Get Chrome (I'm running Chromium 9.0.597.107 (75357) Ubuntu 10.10).
- Download the User Agent Switcher Extension and install it.
- A new button appears on the top right. Click it and select Internet Explorer 8.
- Go to TurboTax and sign in. Everything works for me.
For Firefox I found the following:
- Go to
about:configand search for
- Verify that you don't already have a
Create one as a string. Put the following in:
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.2; Win64; x64; rv:16.0.1) Gecko/20121011 Firefox/16.0.1
In place of
Firefox/16.0.1put your firefox version in (in case it 19.0.2)
That'll at least let you log in to the site. It worked great.
I used TurboTax via Chromium on Ubuntu 12.04 this year for the first time and I did not experience any issues. The Department of the Treasury saw fit to pocket my refund this year, but I'm fairly certain that had nothing to do with my OS or choice of browser and more to do with falling behind on old student loans.