Google, Adobe to merge their software patents
Google has teamed up with Adobe to offer the world a slew of software patents that will enable users to prepare their tax returns.
The software will allow people to prepare tax returns that are “consistent with the law” for any of the tax years of any of its software licensees.
“Google will continue to leverage its extensive experience in helping people achieve their tax goals,” Google said in a blog post today.
Google said the new patents will help people “avoid unnecessary or costly taxes, and they will enable people to file their taxes as if they had filed them on the same day.”
The patents include software to help users manage their taxes, tax preparation software to make sure that tax returns are filed correctly, and editing software that allows users to change tax brackets or file their tax return online.
In addition to Google, Adobe is also working on a patent for “software that facilitates the preparation of a tax return for individuals, families, or small businesses.”
Google said in its blog post that “Adobe’s patents will allow individuals and small businesses to prepare the tax returns they want, when they want them, and at any time they want it.”
The patents are part of a broader patent portfolio Google has developed to help its employees prepare their taxes for all the tax year of their employer, and Google said the patents will be available to anyone who has completed Google’s tax preparation and filing courses.
“Our patents provide the means to simplify tax preparation for all taxpayers, from small businesses all the way to large businesses,” Google added.
The companies announced the new software patents today in response to requests from the U.S. government and from some U.K. tax preparation companies.