The OTS GUI is an optional Graphical User Interface for all Open Tax Solver programs and tax-form versions. It provides a simple way to enter and edit your tax-data and to run the tax-solver on it. The OTS GUI is written to work with any OTS tax data file, both past, present, and future.
The OTS GUI contains no specific tax-form data itself, but rather it reads your selected tax-form file and configures itself accordingly. By virtue of OTS-GUI, all OTS versions now automatically have a GUI front-end, and anyone, even without GUI-writing experience, may create new tax programs having this graphical front-end.
The OTS_GUI is based on GIMP Tool Kit (Gtk). It compiles easily and runs properly on Linux, Mac OS, and Microsoft Windows. Gtk was chosen for its cross-platform support and modern look and feel.
Once you open a form file, you will see text boxes with line instructions. Enter numbers in text boxes for each line of the tax form which applies to you. If you need a new box (to add another entry for a given line), press the small plus-sign (+) near the bottom-right of the box for the given line. To edit the comment on a line, click the (*) button at the end of the line. A dialog box will come up with an edit window to edit or add a comment. In the future, more functions may be added. To remove a previously added text-box, just erase the value in the text-box. After you save the file, then the next time you open it the extra empty text-box will be gone. For other changes, you may need to edit the tax-data file with a text editor and then re-read the file into the GUI.
Save by clicking the Save button. You can choose to overwrite your original file, or give it a new name.
To calculate your taxes, click Compute Taxes button at the bottom. The results will go to your text window and the output file.
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