Thursday, January 26, 2012

Tips & Tricks: Checking Your Taxes with Turbo Tax Apps

Let's start this off by saying that I'm not a tax expert and none of this constitutes tax advice. But even though I'm not a tax professional, I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night. And what I also might end up doing is finishing my taxes off this year using my Kindle Fire. How might I do that? Well, there are a couple of apps that can do tax-related things like check the status of your returns and calculate your refund, but the best one out there is My Tax Refund by Turbo Tax.
Here's the description: "Getting a refund? Quickly find out when the money will be in your pocket.

If You E-Filed It, We Can Track It
Anyone who e-filed a federal tax return can use MyTaxRefund.

It's Quick and Easy
Answer a few questions and instantly:

See when you'll receive your federal refund, Get the status of your Federal and State* e-filed returns, and Learn if your return is pending, accepted, or rejected"

The app is essentially a window into the IRS website, which takes you straight to the short form that'll tell you the status of your tax return. 29 glowing reviews assure us that this app does what it says and works well for the Fire. Once you've filed, this'll be a great resource for letting you know that everything went through OK. If you use Turbo Tax to file, you'll also be able to see the status of your state returns.

If you've got an Android phone and an adventurously mobile spirit, you can even file your returns by taking a picture of your W-2 and sending in your 1040-EZ, but there aren't many reviews and I'll say that I haven't tried it yet. Apparently you can enter in your W-2 information manually, meaning it would be possible to use this on the Fire. If you want to give it a look and check out the app's capabilities, check out Turbo Tax Snap Tax.
The description: "Magically do your taxes on your phone with the snap of a photo. Start for free and e-file from your device for only $19.99!

Simple to Use: Snap a photo of your W-2, Answer a few simple questions, Review, pay, and e-file securely
Don't have a camera on your Android device? No worries. It's easy to enter your info.

Start for Free - Pay When You're Done: Federal + state tax returns--only $19.99, E-file included, Price good through March 25"

And a last app worth mentioning is TaxCaster by Turbo Tax, which will help you estimate your taxes. Nothing too complicated here, just a calculator for various tax data.

So if you want to try to have some fun with your taxes for a change, some of these free apps might help you do it. Again, depending on your financial situation using these apps might not provide the kind of advice and professional assistance you need, but if anyone wants to be a brave soul and do some in-depth experimenting, we'd love to hear about your experiences. Wishing you all big returns this year!

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