iPhone Apps to Help you with your Taxes
It’s that time again, tax season, and it’s creeping up fast. There was a time when I was excited about taxes because I knew I would be getting a cool little refund. Back then it was easy, heck I even filled out the paperwork myself. But after buying a house or two, owning a business or two, and having a couple of kids, filing taxes has become way more complicated. So much that we now have our own “Tax Guy,” and he’s great. He knows the tax laws like the back of his hand. But every year he has to remind us that we spend way too much in daycare, something about hearing the dollar amount for the entire year makes me cringe. But what makes my skin crawl even more is the amount of money I made freelancing, or the amount of money I made without having taxes deducted. Guess what, Uncle Sam wants his money and he wants it by April 15th.
While waiting for my tax guy to survey the damages, I discovered some really cool iPhone apps for handling your taxes.
TaxCaster Mobile (Free):
Tax Caster Mobile will help you calculate how big your tax refund will be or how much you will owe.
TurboTax SnapTax ($9.99):
Allows California residents to file their taxes through their iPhone. You can E-file your Federal and California taxes, but there are some requirements. Your Income has to be less than $80K, its only for W-2, interest, and unemployment, you can't have any dependents and you can’t own any real estate. Guess us moms won’t be using this app.
H&R Block (Free):
H&R Blocks are starting to popup everywhere and now they are on your iPhone. You can’t file your taxes via this application, but you can get all sorts of tax information, a glossary, and an office locater.
Tax Tracker (Free):
This will probably be more beneficial for next year’s taxes. The Tax Tracker helps track your business deductions and hopefully will save you money.
Dr. Taxes (2010 edition) ($1.99):
Every year there is a new set of tax laws and deduction rules that are different from the previous year. With the Dr. Taxes application you can educate yourself on the important tax tips from the IRS website and make note of all the updates that apply to you.
Maybe next year I’ll be able to file my taxes on the iPhone and save some money.