Saturday, January 17, 2009

Tax Season is coming / Steuererklärung für 2008

Tax season is coming up and I wonder in how many countries taxes are processed using XML this year. For DB2 and the pureXML technology we have one reference customer, the NY State Department of Taxation and Finance, which moved to using XML for reasons of system simplification, flexibility and extensibility:
“Through the use of XML data, we have more flexibility in defining new services and can more easily keep up with changing tax policies.” (Jim Lieb, Director of Common Services, New York State Department of Taxation and Finance)
I personally know of two European tax agencies (DB2 customers as well) that are currently moving to pureXML-based tax processing. It's a strange feeling to know that the code that earned you money for the past years is now helping to drain my bank account. Life.
Die Steuererklärung ist demnächst fällig. Ziemlich dumm, wenn dann der eigene Code, der die letzten Jahre für Einkommen gesorgt hat, nun mithilft, das Konto zu plündern. So ist's im Leben - ein stetiges Geben und Nehmen.