At least four US states have “enhanced” PDF fillable tax forms. The options for processing these forms are limited. But Alabama permits the use of browsers, as well as Acrobat Reader, for its enhanced forms (with Calculations)
. The browser option also makes Alabama’s forms available to Linux users. TPFC has Windows portable versions of Google Chrome, X-Chromium, and Firefox, which are compatible with the Alabama forms.
A user cannot use the New York or Hawaii enhanced forms in Chrome, FF, or Foxit. For example, after downloading a NY
form, click Open File... (Ctrl+O) in Chrome and open the form. You will see a yellow “lid” that says “WARNING: PLEASE USE A DIFFERENT PDF VIEWER,” and advises you to use the desktop version of Adobe Reader. The lid also says that the form is incompatible with Linux, probably because Adobe’s last Linux version of Reader is out-of-date
. It is compatible with their own PDF processors, as well as those from Adobe and other sources. As the Alabama forms show, it is compatible with browser PDF processors.
The forms disallow the use of Adobe Acrobat 9 and earlier. This type of version check could be extended to other form viewer software. (Test formsVersion
There is no Windows portable version of Adobe Reader. I think that PortableApps.com cannot proceed to create a version without Adobe’s agreement. Perhaps Mr. Toth can create a yaP