Tax Apps For The iPhone


The iPhone can be a great tool to assist you with preparing and filing your taxes. There are some apps that can estimate how much you will need to pay or get back this year and one that can even file your taxes for you. As always, let us know if we missed your favorite app.

Essential Apps

  • Free

    TurboTax SnapTax Tax Year 2010

    by Intuit, Inc.

    TurboTax SnapTax makes taxes both fun and easy! The name “SnapTax” has a double meaning. You actually snap a picture of your W2 and the app will pull out all of your info and automatically enter it for you. The app is also very fast, making it “snappy” to get your taxes done! The app does require you answer a few questions, but taxes have never been easier than with SnapTax. The app even lets you file your taxes from within the app. The app is great for those that have pretty simple taxes. The app is not quite ready for other tax forms that many self employed and business owners receive. TurboTax SnapTax is the essential and possibly the only tax app you will need for the iPhone.

Notable Apps

  • Free

    TaxCaster by TurboTax – Free tax refund calculator to estimate your taxes

    by Intuit, Inc.

    TaxCaster Mobile is one of the best apps out there to calculate how much you will have to pay or get back in taxes this year. The app includes some very precise/accurate calculations and works like a charm. TaxCaster Mobile is also free, which is a huge plus. TaxCaster Mobile is your one-stop solution for getting an idea on how taxes are going to look this year.

  • Free


    by One Economy Corporation

    MyTaxBack is an alternative to TaxCaster Mobile. The interface is not nearly as good as TaxCaster Mobile. But the app does provide good calculations that can help you judge how much money you will lose or receive this tax season.

  • Free

    American Paycheck Tax

    by Aaero Byte Software Inc.

    American Paycheck Tax is another alternative to TaxCaster Mobile. The app has a pretty cool feature that shows you the differences from state to state. The app will work offline and includes several export options. The app would benefit from more fields and information, but for a basic app that is free of charge, it does a great job.

Decent Apps

  • $1.99

    Income Tax Estimator

    by Down-Shift Inc.

    Income Tax Estimator is another app that attempts to do what TaxCaster Mobile does. The app is flawed with out of date information. If you need to figure your information out from 2008, then you are all set. The app is simply not usable in 2011.

  • Free

    1040 EZ Estimator

    by BusiApps

    1040 EZ Estimator is another app that just fails to deliver. The app aims to do what TaxCaster does. The app delivers wrong calculations and unusable data. The app could be great, but right now is another one to avoid.

Tax Refunds

  • Free

    MyTaxRefund by TurboTax - Free efile and refund status for your income tax return

    by Intuit, Inc.

    MyTaxRefund is a different kind of tax app. The app works on both the iPad and the iPhone. MyTaxRefund tracks the status of your tax refunds. The app is useless for those that need to pay taxes each year, but for those that withheld too much from their paychecks, this app will be handy. The app is free of charge and made by the same folks that bring you TurboTax.

Other Apps