Need to open QDF file from Swiss Tax authorities

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anandd
anandd Member
edited August 2023 in Before you Buy

Hello

I am a UK resident and I need to reclaim withholding tax from Swiss tax authorities. Unfortunately their forms are QDF extension files. I have looked up on the web and I understand I need Quicken to open these files. It seems a big waste to buy a software just to open a form. Any suggestions?

if there is no recourse but to have Quicken then what would be best / cheapest way to do this?

Thanks

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  • Jim_Harman
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    Quicken is not currently sold in either the UK or Switzerland. I would be very surprised if the Swiss were using Quicken files.

    Are you sure they are not Adobe PDF files?

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  • anandd
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    The issue is resolved. I could open QDF files with Snapform viewer.

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  • Jim_Harman
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    Quicken is not currently sold in either the UK or Switzerland. I would be very surprised if the Swiss were using Quicken files.

    Are you sure they are not Adobe PDF files?

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  • anandd
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    The issue is resolved. I could open QDF files with Snapform viewer.

  • Boatnmaniac
    Boatnmaniac SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
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    There is more than one type of QDF file? I thought QDF files were only for use with Quicken financial software. What is this QDF file type that is a form file and can be used with Snapform?

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  • Jim_Harman
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    The Snapform QDF (Quick Document Format) is apparently completely separate from Quicken's QDF (Quicken Data file)

    https://www.w3-edge.com/wp-content/uploads/examples/snapform.com/markup/qdf-format.html

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  • Boatnmaniac
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    edited July 2023
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    This is a 1st for me. I do not think I have ever seen a single file extension being used for 2 totally different programs. Actually, perhaps at least 4 totally different programs ( https://fileinfo.com/extension/qdf ):

    • Quicken (proprietary financial reporting format)
    • SnapForm (competitor to Adobe's PDF form format)
    • Teklynx (Label Matrix design format)
    • Quadro (engineering design format)

    I'd always thought that a file extension could only be used with one type of file but apparently I was really mistaken about that.

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  • Jim_Harman
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    There has never been a registry or a way for an application to reserve DOS/Windows file extensions, just common usage. Consider the "Open with" option in Windows Explorer or the Default Apps setting for Windows.

    The Mac world is much cleaner in this regard.

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