For today’s Weekly App Series we’ve found six great apps to add to your iPad collection. We have included six Tax Season apps in this week’s bundle. Our editorial team goes through the data, picks the best and most interesting apps and then brings them to you on a regular basis.
We used our PadGadget Apps Tracker to find these great apps and we’ll continue to look for the best apps on a weekly basis. Be sure to check them out because these apps might just be what you’re looking for.
This week’s category is: Apps for Tax Season
1. TurboTax SnapTax (Free) – The only thing that can make tax season any more enjoyable is a tool that makes it easier to actually complete your annual return. With TurboTax SnapTax it can be as simple as taking a picture! Snap a quick photo of your W-2, answer a few simple questions and then take advantage of e-filing to get things taken care of on time and with a minimal amount of pain. The software is free for you to install on your iPad, but there is a charge when you go to file –but federal and state returns are only only $24.99.
2. H&R Block Mobile (Free) – If you prefer to leave your tax return preparation to professionals, H&R Block may be the agency to try. You can certainly do a lot with their iPad app: estimate your tax refund with their estimator, find your nearest H&R Block location and schedule an appointment with one of their tax professionals, get answers to your questions and review a checklist of items you need in order to get the best result possible. Due for a refund? This app allows you to check on the status of the monies you are owed.
3. ASK A CPA Tax Answers Free (Free) – Describing itself as “a great tax and business resource for individual taxpayers,” Ask a CPA gives you confidence and security by linking you up with tax professionals that can properly answer all of your questions. Begin by searching the archives to see if the answer you seek is already in there, if not your query will be directed free to CPAs in your area. If you need more help than this app can provide, they will happily put you in touch with professionals nearby.
4. IRS2Go (Free) – If it doesn’t give you a rash to install something from the IRS on your iPad, this app may be a handy resource. If you are one of the lucky few expecting a refund, you can check on the status easily here but other features let you order a copy of your tax returns, get tax updates or even watch the IRS in their social networking endeavours (in case you don’t interact with them enough for your liking already). Besides being free, the nice part about this app is you never have to wonder how accurate they are because you’ve gone to the source.
4. Expensify – Expense Reports (Free) – Did you get halfway through your tax return this year only to realize that you can’t find half of your deductible expense receipts? Do you have a filing system that involves a shoebox that you’ve stashed somewhere a while back? Better yet, did you go to enter your receipts only to find out that the ink was too light or the thermal paper reacted with something and now you can’t even read them anymore? Use this app to easily record and report on all of your expenses!
5. Pageonce – Money & Bills (Free) – Does tax season serve to remind you that a budget could really help your finances? A little planning goes a long way and an app like this one can make it really easy. I find myself easily overwhelmed by the concept of budgeting but Pageonce makes it easy, letting you do as little or as much as you want. Track your money and bills, get due date reminders, watch your investment portfolio, view statements and even program real-time alerts for all of your accounts –if you want to pay your bills in the app you can but that will require a gold subscription ($4.99 per month).
6. iDonatedIt ($2.99) – This app promises to help those of us who struggle “to remember what you donated, whom you donated it to, and when you donated it.” I believe in getting credit where credit is due (especially when it means paying even a few dollars less in taxes) which makes this app worth every penny. Use iDonatedIt to track the date you donated items, the charity you donated to as well as fair market value. To make it even easier, iDonatedIt lets you attach photos to your donated items list and when the time comes each year you can easily email all of the details to your accountant.
Notes: For additional information, check out the PadGadget Apps Tracker. Our tracker provides an easy way to constantly monitor the App Store to find the best iPad apps for you. If you loved these apps, be sure to check out our Weekly Series list of apps for the iPad.