Bug#750776: It is impossible to file an FBAR with free open source alternatives to Adobe PDF viewer

timothyhobbs at seznam.cz timothyhobbs at seznam.cz
Fri Jun 6 19:19:54 UTC 2014

Package: evince
Version: 3.4.0-3.1
X-Debbugs-CC: BSAEFilingHelp at fincen.gov


I have just begun looking into filling an FBAR by going to <http://bsaefiling.fincen.treas.gov/NoRegFBARFiler.html> .  I am using Debian Linux which is a free open source linux distribution.  Debian linux provides an excellent stand in for Adobe PDF viewer named Evince.  However, the FBAR form will not open using the Evnince viewer.  I must install Adobe PDF viewer and reconfigure my computer in order to file my FBAR.  Why was a method which works only with the proprietary Adobe PDF viewer chosen when web forms in pure standards compliant HTML would have sufficed?

The hallmark of capitalism is that consumers have a free choice of which products they will use, however, by making the FBAR form require me to install Adobe PDF viewer on my computer and to configure my computer to use Adobe PDF viewer as my default PDF viewer that choice is taken from me.  In order to comply with federal law regarding FBAR compliance, I must accept Adobe's terms of use, thus essentially enacting a contract formulated by Adobe into law.  In order to file my FBAR, I must accept the conditions put forward by a non governmental entity.

Please consider changing the FBAR filling process in order to comply with the tenets of free, democratic, capitalist society.

Thank you,

Timothy Hobbs

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