Helpful Apps for Tax Time

Posted on 02/29/2012

The countdown is on—April 17, 2012 will be here before you know it. If the thought of Tax Day makes your stomach churn, then pull out your Smartphone. The key to a less stressful tax season could be just a trip to the app store away with these helpful apps for tax time.

IRS2Go The Internal Revenue Service is putting tax advice in the palm of your hand with the free IRS2Go app. Access videos, get your tax record and track your refund through the app.

H&R Block Mobile
The free H&R Block Mobile tax app is available in the iTunes store and in the Android Marketplace. It can help you with important tasks like tacking your refund status, answering tax questions and estimating your taxes.

TurboTax SnapTax
Make doing your taxes a snap with the free TurboTax Snap Tax app for iPhone and Android. It’s only useful for those who plan to file the 1040EZ form, but it makes that even simpler. Just snap a photo of your W-2 to import your info, answer a few simple questions, and bam—you’re done!

iXpenselt Lite
Track expenses quickly and efficiently with the free iXpenselt Lite app, perfect for budgeting and managing deductions. The free version allows you to store up to 100 expense records, and then you can transfer over to the full version which is $4.99.

Receipts are one of the most overwhelming parts about tax season. Organizing, tracking and categorizing all of those slips of paper can feel tedious and time consuming. Get help from the free Shoeboxed app, which claims it is the easiest way to track receipts and generate expense reports. Snap pictures of receipts and Shoeboxed enters the date, total, payment type, store and category into a report for you. All you have to do is export the data. Don’t be surprised if your accountant sheds a few tears of joy.

By Alison Storm

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