Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Top 5 Apps to Help with Taxes!



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I may be in a bit of denial about that looming tax deadline.  Now, I’m sure that if you are expecting a refund, you aren’t that concerned.  But, for anyone that is going to owe money, putting off taxes seems to be…normal.

Tax prep is probably my least favorite thing to do every year.  There are the piles of paperwork that I should have meticulously filed all year, which is shoved in folders in a filing cabinet.  Definitely not the most exciting task!

However, there are a lot of mobile helps today for my iPhone 6 that I love.  Coupled with the amazing nationwide network coverage of U.S. Cellular, it makes tax time a little bit easier to handle.

Did you know that according to the IRS, nearly 126 million taxpayers e-filed their taxes in 2015?

I know that we always e-file.  I love the convenience of it.  And with so many more people using their smartphones to manage their finances (59% according to a recent U.S. Cellular survey), having mobile capabilities during tax time is important.

Top 5 apps to help with your Taxes


TurboTax – I love TurboTax.  It is convenient, and it makes doing your taxes easy.  The free TurboTax app helps users get their taxes done anytime.  You can even take a picture of your W-2, answer a few questions, and e-file from anywhere!


IRS2Go – This is the official app of the IRS.  It allows users to check on their refund status, or make a payment.  It also offers free tax preparation assistance and you can sign up for helpful tax tips. 


MyBlock – This app is backed by the tax professionals at H&R Block.  It helps users quickly estimate their tax refund, update documents you are sending into your tax professional, access previous tax records and check on the status of your refund.


TaxACT Express – Answering a few simple questions allows users to easily prepare and e-file their federal and state taxes for free.  Mobile device users can receive updates on when the IRS and state have processed their returns, check refund status, and even file extensions.


Expensify – If you are looking to get ahead of the game for next year (yes, yes I am), this app helps to keep track of receipts, time or mileage and business travel.  It easily creates expense reports and has the ability to import credit card transactions.  Then it automatically creates and IRS guaranteed e-receipt for all purchases under $75. 

Do you use your phone to help manage your finances?  Is it something you are thinking of using more?

31 comments:

  1. I am married to the IRS, literally, so he does our taxes. I am not sure what he uses as long as he gets 'em done :)

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  2. I didn't know about some of these. Thanks for sharing!!

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  3. We just did our taxes and I wish I had known about these. They sound like they will be a big help for next year though.

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  4. The Mister has gone back and forth between using TaxAct and TurboTax...simply because he can never remember which one he used last year. We filed together this year though (well, kind of, anyway) and so went through TurboTax. I wish they were more upfront about how much it all costs, though! I'm not sure, though, that I would trust my tax stuff to be going through a mobile app. Some apps are great...some are junk. And if you're using your data plan versus your home's wifi...oh I wouldn't trust that either, ha. I used to have my banking app on my phone...until, well, I thought about it and realized how many wifi networks are probably trying to connect to your device while you're out and about...nope, that can stay on the home network!
    Also, yes, a tad paranoid ;)

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  5. Our taxes are SUCH a pain because my husband is a pastor and I'm self employed so there are a lot of red tape issues!! We just pay someone else to do them. But, before I complicated it by getting married... lol, I used TurboTax religiously!!

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  6. Thankfully, I was going to owe until my mother who is a tax guru fixed everything and we actually got a tiny refund back. However, we just signed our state taxes two days ago so we were a bit behind, haha.

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  7. Taxes can be so tricky to do. These apps would help out greatly!

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  8. Taxes are not my thing. I dont even know what I'd do if I had to do them on my own. My huz uses TurboTax though.

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  9. Some great info here..... I used to use turbotax and loved it. :)

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  10. While I love my cell phone, I'm not so comfortable using it to file my taxes. I however e-file every year and Turbo Tax is always my go to site.

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  11. I'm definitely going to check out expensify. I need something to get ahead of the game for next year because I'm still struggling to finish mine this year!

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  12. Thankfully I am not on taxes just yet! But great apps that I will keep in mind when I start making more money on my blog.

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  13. I filed my taxes just last week. I will have to look into Expensify. I need a way to track my expenses so I don't go over budget. I always use TurboTax for my taxes and didn't realize they had an app. Score!

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  14. I need to finish up my taxes. They are almost done. I need to look into all of these to make them a little bit easier!

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  15. My husband do most of the job doing our taxes, but these are great apps, that I'd love to show him, perhaps he might want to use one of them. Thanks for sharing this.

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  16. I retired from a job where I did taxes for large corporations. It is incredible how technology has changed and so much is available via apps. These are wonderful suggestions for tax return assistance

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  17. Thank goodness I'm done with my but will definitely save and keep this in mind for next time.

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  18. I have been using turbo tax since the very first year it came to be. Early 2000's maybe? I am a huge fan. Super easy and love the step by step questions.

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  19. I have an accountant do my taxes every year but I do however use my phone to record some things for tax season - like mileage.

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  20. These are great! We already finished our taxes but I'll have to remember this for next year! <3

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  21. Fortunately, I don't have to file this year. You can guarantee I'll be looking this up next year, though!

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  22. We already have our taxes done, can you believe it? I had no idea there were such helpful apps out there. My hubby does use his phone for some finance things.

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  23. I hate taxes! But I do love these app suggestions because I need a better way of tracking my receipts for tax time.

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  24. These APPS are such great ideas. I pick the option where someone does our taxes for us. But I'll def pass these along if anyone asks for some tax recommends!

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  25. These apps sound amazing! I am so horrible with counting, it is a real nightmare to me. Thank you for sharing

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  26. Love these suggestions...I wonder if my accountant uses them ;) My goal this year with taxes was to get them filed by the end of February...and I did it!!

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  27. Ahhhhh I'm so clueless when it comes to taxes and anything math really that I pay someone to do it! I'm so scared I will make some blonde moment mistake and get an audit

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  28. I have always loved TurboTax until this year, when I had to file an amended return. I have never had so much difficulty doing taxes as I did this year. I think it's a combo of DH being employed all year in a state other than the one we live, me be a blogger and income from various sources, and us getting married last year. Whatever happened to the days of one or two W-2s and that was it? lol Needless to say, I have signed up for TurboTax Self Employed to help me keep my expenses straight through the year for next year. Here's to an easier time filing taxes NEXT year!

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  29. Ah, the dreaded taxes. So glad that's over with. Great tips and apps, that I haven't heard of.
    Great post.

    Andrea @ mommainflipflops.com

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