Tax season is officially underway! With Tax Day, Tuesday, April 18th, quickly approaching, it is important to start making plans on how you are going to file your taxes. Luckily for Apple® device fans, there are several iPhone® device and iPad® tablet apps that will make your tax preparation much easier this year. Take a look at our list of the top iPhone device and iPad tablet tax preparation apps.
TaxSlayer is a fantastic app for filing taxes. It includes features like taking pictures of your W-2 and driver’s license, saving you time this tax season. TaxSlayer has two modes, one of which asks you guiding questions to help you make the most of your tax return, as well as a more independent mode for those who know exactly what to put. It’s best and worst quality is the same: simplicity. While it is simple to use, it is really only designed to process income, unemployment and healthcare. However, TaxSlayer is the perfect pick for simpler tax returns.
- TaxACT Express
TaxACT Express is a tax preparation and filing app that allows you to file your federal and state taxes for free. Like its competition, this app allows you to prepare, print, and e-file your tax return for next to nothing. While it covers basic options encapsulating everything from your wage income to your education credits, its status as a “free” service limits it to just the basics. So, though filing through TaxACT is indeed free, the app likely won’t work for you if you need to file more complicated information – such as freelance work, for example. For those with simple tax needs, however, TaxACT provides a decent set of utilities at no cost, along with an easy-to-use interface and guaranteed accuracy.
- TurboTax Tax Preparation
Intuit’s TurboTax is the most popular tax software around, and for good reason. Like all versions, the iPad tablet TurboTax app is user-friendly, looks wonderful, and will guide you through the entire process of filing your federal and state returns, step by step. It’s simple to use, but thorough. TurboTax for iPad tablets allows you to scan your W-2 and proceeds to fill most stuff out for you. It’s added features like Touch ID – a convenient security measure, and SmartLook – a live on-screen video help option, help it stand out from the competition. TurboTax is tried and true, which is why it has the most positive reviews of any tax app out there. The people have spoken.
Despite being the official app of the organization that handles your taxes, IRS2Go, doesn’t have a ton to offer. You can check the status of your tax return after you’ve filed it and it provides tax tips should you happen to need any friendly advice. While the filing status tends to be more accurate than other apps with the same function, the most useful part of the app is the free tax preparation locator. For those who qualify, IRS programs like Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Tax Counseling for the Elderly, can be a real savior, and the app helps you find them close by. You’ll also get access to the IRS Twitter feed, just in case that’s a thing you feel like you’ve been missing in your life. This app is also available on the iPhone device.
- Ask a CPA
This free app gives some basic tips about taxes in a number of categories, but it’s better if you have a specific question. You can ask any question for free, and if all goes well, you’ll get an answer. If you want a more reliable (and possibly more detailed) answer, there’s another app called My Pocket CPA, which also lets you ask a question, but charges a fee (starting from $10) per answer. We recommend My Pocket CPA if you have a more serious question, as it has a more detailed interface for asking questions. With Ask a CPA, you’re mostly limited to a text box.
- Quick Tax Reference
If there’s any source to trust when it comes to financial information, it’s Bloomberg. The company has put together a digital tax reference sheet with its Quick Tax Reference app. The app provides access to all of the information that you’ll need to have on hand when filing your taxes. Information like tax rates and information on trickier topics like capital gains and estate taxes will make sure you aren’t giving up too much of your hard-earned cash, while easy access to the corporate and individual tax schedules will make sure you don’t miss your deadline. This is a universal app on iOS, so it works with the iPad tablets and iPhone devices.
- MyBlock – H&R Block Tax Preparation
After a few years of splitting apps up in a confusing format, H&R Block seems to have successfully consolidated its mobile offerings. The iPad tablet now gets a fully featured tax filing app with H&R Block Tax Preparation. It allows users to prepare taxes right from their iPad tablet, or switch between tablet and browser. The app offers a review process to make sure there are no issues with your filing and promises 100% coverage and full audit support should the numbers come into question. The latest update introduces the super convenient W-2 photo capture function, which enables you to snap a photo of your W-2 and let the app do the work of importing all the info. You shouldn’t have anything to worry about. H&R Block guarantees accuracy and a maximum refund, which is really all you can ask for from a tax app.
- Mint – Budget, Bills, Finance
Starting with one place to manage all of your finances with ease will make your life easier and next tax season less stressful. This free money manager and financial tracker from Intuit, the makers of Turbo Tax®, does it all. Mint allows you to keep your bank account, credit cards, bills and investments in one, easy-to-use place so you always know where you’re at. You’ll be able to track what you’re spending, figure out where you can save money, and stay on top of paying your bills like a pro. Keeping track of your credit score for free is also a cinch in Mint. Mint may very well make next year’s taxes a lot less daunting for the average American.
If your iPad tablet or iPhone device could use a once-over before you download one of these great tax preparation apps, stop by Experimac. Our techs can run a full diagnostic check and let you know if something needs to be repaired. We’ll help you make sure you’re ready to do your taxes!