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The death of the tax form

Published on May 11, 2011

Today's agenda, no more tax forms, checks bounce (back) and maybe Frank could one day see his lifelong dream come true, directing Helvetica the Musical. All ahead in This Week with Frank.

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By Pete Basiliere on May 11, 2011

Printed tax forms down, printed checks up. Maybe the supply-siders are right . . .

Not to quibble, Frank, but you said "There's lots of stuff happening out there. It's an interesting marketplace as we move into the digital era."

I daresay we are actually moving _through_ the digital era,

Pete

 

By Michael Jahn on May 11, 2011

The IRS was one of the pioneers transitioning from distributing digital files to distributing paper. Acrobat 1.0 was originally released on 15 June 1993 - This was not available in single copies and was not initially free, with Acrobat Reader originally priced at $50 per user.

After a while, the IRS purchased a right to distribute Reader 1.0, effectively making it seem free to those who obtained it that way.

That was almost 20 years ago - who says change happens fast.

 

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