Apps To Help With Taxes
Doing your own taxes can be confusing, but there are many iPhone and iPad apps that will help out while working through the tedious tasks of filing income taxes. Whether you are a tax professional or an individual, here is a list of apps that will provide assistance, depending on your tax filing needs. Hopefully these suggestions will make the tax season a little easier and less stressful.
H&R Block Mobile
If you are not sure where to start when it comes to filing your taxes, H&R Block Mobile may help. This is a free app for your iPhone and iPad. It will help you estimate your tax refund, find a local H&R Tax Professional, answer some of the most common tax questions, offer checklists for your tax preparation, provide information on the status of your refund and more. H&R Block Mobile is a nice tool for quick answers during the tax season.
H&R Block At Home 2012
Once you are ready to prepare your taxes, there are a few apps that will help you out. If you are one of the lucky ones who only need to fill out a simple tax form, this iPad app from H&R Block At Home will take the worry out of your tax preparation. Follow the step-by-step instructions and before you know it, your taxes will be completed. H&R Block also provides tax specialists to answer your questions and will back you up in case of an audit. This app is free, however it does not work for those who need to file additional schedules such as C,E,F or a K-1.
TurboTax SnapTax – Taxes made easy for simple tax returns
If you want to try an even easier method for filing your taxes, SnapTax may be your solution. Right from your iPhone, you can file your taxes by taking a picture of your W-2 and answering a few questions. Once finished, you can e-file and even pay your taxes. This is for those who have simple taxes and do not own a home, do not have dependents and only have certain types of income. The app is free to download but it costs $19.99 to file your taxes. SnapTax also provides a state filing for $19.99.
TurboTax 2011 Tax Preparation – Complete and Efile Your Income Tax Return
If you have a more complicated tax return with multiple schedules, Turbo Tax 2011 Tax Preparation may be a good solution for your iPad. Answer the simple questions and Turbo Tax will do all the work. The app will fill out the right tax forms and find all your applicable deductions. Turbo Tax is free to download and use and you won’t pay until you are ready to file. Prices start at $29.99, depending on the complexity of your return. Turbo tax also offers an optional state tax return, which begins at $36.99.
MyTaxRefund by TurboTax - Free efile and refund status for your income tax return
Once you have your taxes e-filed, this iPhone and iPad app will help you track and find out when to expect your refund. You don’t need to use Turbo Tax in order to use this app, you only need to e-file your taxes. Since the app is free, it comes in handy to find out when you can expect to see your money!
TaxCaster by TurboTax – Free tax refund calculator
If you are not sure if there are any good iOS apps for your situation, Taxcaster may help. TaxCaster for iPhone and iPad will ask a few questions and show you what your refund may look like. Then, based on your answers, TaxCaster will recommend which product is right for you to use to file your taxes.
As you prepare for taxes next year, make sure you get all the deductions you deserve. Sometimes it is hard to remember all the various tax deductible donations you make throughout the year. Track all this information with iDonatedIt and get the most from your charitable non-cash donations. The app will track the fair market value, condition, and quantity of items and it allows you to attach photos. Created by a team of experience accountants, iDonatedIt will help you comply with the IRS charitable contribution requirements. The $2.99 app works with both the iPhone and iPad. Unfortunately the cost of the app probably is not tax deductible.
If throughout the year, you are looking for some answers to basic tax questions, TaxHeroes will help. The app was designed for the clients of the accounting firm that developed TaxHeroes, however they have made it available for everyone to use. It has answers to the many tax questions you may have while your prepare and file you annual taxes. The app is free, and works on the iPhone and iPad.
If you are really serious about your taxes and want to know all the tax laws, this app is for you. At $24.99, this app is one of the most expensive tax apps available, however it has all the answers when it comes to understanding the tax laws. Tax Law is geared more for tax professionals, as they help as they prepare taxes for others. All the IRS tax codes, federal regulations and Tax Court rules are conveniently located on your iPad. Even if you are not a tax professional, you may find this app interesting. If you are someone who has a lot of tax questions or enjoys knowing all the current laws, this app will provide answers.
Concur - Travel, Receipts, Expense Reports
If you itemize deductions on your taxes for your business or other expenses, Concur will help. For the great price of free, this iPhone and iPad app may become your favorite bookkeeper. No more hanging on to drawers and files of receipts. By taking a picture of your receipt, Concur will store them for you throughout the year. There are also some travel tools, which will help track the reason for your travel and help with submitting expense forms. As a bonus, you can even book and manage your travel right from the app!