Now that New Years is behind us, chances are you're thinking about your taxes. Tax software has made our lives easier of course, but you can also use apps to file your taxes, check on your tax refund and even calculate sales tax on the go. You won't need to hunch over your computer and can do your taxes wherever you are.
IRS2Go is the official tax app developed by the Internal Revenue Service. It allows you to check on the status of your tax refund – all you have to do is enter your SSN, filing status and refund amount. Getting your tax record is similarly easy and just requires your SSN, date of birth, address, type of transcript and tax year. If you’re looking to receive general updates on tax information, you can subscribe to a newsletter sent out daily during the tax-filing season and periodically during the rest of the year. Last but not least, the app includes links to the IRS’ Twitter, YouTube and web channels.
Ask a CPA (free for iPhone, Android)
This app allows you to obtain tax information directly from a licensed CPA. You can either ask a question directly, or consult the FAQ archives. Questions are sorted by categories, from foreign earnings to specific forms. The archives are updated daily without you having to update the app every time. If you’re looking to find a CPA to talk to in person, the app can help you do that as well. Whether you’re an individual taxpayer, a business owner or an accounting student, this app can help answer your questions.
TurboTax SnapTax will help you file your taxes within minutes. The process is simple: start by snapping a photo of your W-2. After that, answer some simple questions, such as your personal information, and then you’re ready to e-file directly via the app or finish on the web if you prefer. In-app filing costs $24.99; prices vary if you file on the web.
Those who used TurboTax to e-file their federal and state tax returns can take advantage of this app to check on the status of their refund. After entering some basic data, such as your SSN and zip code, you’ll be able to see whether your return is pending, accepted or rejected. This way, if you're expecting a refund, you'll know exactly when your money is coming.
Calculate Discount and Sales Tax FREE (free for iPhone)
This app allows you to calculate discount and sales tax, all in one. It is incredibly easy to use – all of have to do is enter the original amount, tax percentage, discount, optional additional discount and it will give you the end total. Note: this is the free version; if you want to change the background color/pattern and see no advertisements, you’ll need to upgrade to the paid version.