It’s the time of year when thoughts turn to taxes, but it doesn’t necessarily need to be stressful.
A number of apps are available to make the whole process easier, as PC Mike Wendland reports this week.
The TurboTax Tax Return App quickly and easily helps you file taxes. Take a picture of your W-2, answer some simple questions, and file securely from your mobile device or computer. The app helps you find deductions and connect with a specialist if you need additional help. The app is free for iOS and Android, though you do have to pay at the time of filing.
IRS2Go is the official app of the Internal Revenue Service and lets you quickly prepare and file your taxes from mobile devices. You can check the status of your refund within 24 hours of e-filing, or make a payment. The app is free for most mobile platforms.
TaxAct Express is another big player in online tax prep. It, too, allows users to photograph a W-2, and complete the rest of the forms with step-by-step guidance. It provide personalized recommendations based on your tax situation. Best of all, filing state and federal taxes online is free of charge. The app is free for iOS and Android.