Tax season is upon us, and will be gone in less than ten days. Now is the time to file your federal and state taxes if you haven’t already. The truth may hurt, but there are a few helpful apps that can guide you through the process for those with the busiest of schedules so you can pay (or be reimbursed by) Uncle Sam as quickly and efficiently as possible.
1. H&R Block 1040EZ
Prepare your state and federal taxes and then for only $9.99, you can e-file with H&R Block with its app on iTunes and Google Play. To file, take a picture of your W2 to capture your and your employer’s information, then answer a few simple questions. If you make a mistake, the app notifies you as it has automatic reviews for errors and omissions. The app also allows you to transfer your tax information seamlessly into your state returns. H&R Block guarantees the maximum refund.
2. TurboTax Tax Preparation
Like the H&R Block app, snap a photo of your W2 and TurboTax will automatically upload the information and put it in the right place. Then, answer a few standard questions. Your information syncs securely across the devices so you can seamlessly switch between your phone, tablet and computer and pick up where you left off. Top in-app purchases are Deluxe Federal Tax E-file for $54.99 and TurboTax State E-file for $39.99. TurboTax Tax Preparation is available for free download on iTunes and Google Play.
3. Ask a CPA
If you’re filling out your taxes on one of the above mobile apps and have a question, Ask a CPA is an excellent resource. This app provides free instant answers to thousands of tax and accounting questions, whether you’re an individual taxpayer or a business owner. You can search the “Ask a CPA” Archives by category to find your answer instantly. If your question isn’t in the archives, you can choose “Ask a CPA”. Answers will be provided for free directly from CPA’s in your area. Ask a CPA is available for free download on iTunes and Android.
If you use one of the above apps, hopefully filing your taxes won’t be so… taxing. Good luck!