If there’s one thing almost everyone can agree on, it’s that tax time sucks.
Doing your taxes can be a pain and cause undue stress. Gathering all your W2s, 1099s, and receipts, feels like herding cats, and figuring out the complicated forms makes you feel like you’re back in math class. Working out which deductions you may qualify for is confusing.
Though tax time can be stressful, there are tax apps available to make your life a little simpler. Here are the best tax apps to help you this year.
If you’re anything like me, you have a severe disdain for paperwork. This holds true for receipts, too. Unfortunately, it’s best to keep your receipts — or at least digital copies of them.
If you want to streamline your receipts and expenses, Expensify is a great tool to help you do that. Take a photo of your receipts and they’ll be categorized and stored indefinitely. It’s free for individuals and comes with a mobile app and unlimited receipt storage (win!).
Do you drive a lot for work? If so, you know what a pain it is to track your mileage between offices, running errands, or traveling to offsite meetings. That’s where MileIQ comes in.
MileIQ is an app that helps users effortlessly track their mileage. It logs every mile you drive and you can classify it as a personal or business trip. As of 2016, the standard mileage rate is 54 cents per mile. If you do a lot of driving for work, that can add up.
It’s important to note that commuting is not considered a mileage deduction, but things like traveling to the airport for business, running errands, or going to client meetings do qualify.
According to MileIQ’s website, “You’ll have your complete drive history stored securely in the cloud, making it easy to provide detailed mileage logs any time to your employer, your accountant and, yes, even the IRS if they should ever ask.”
3. H&R Block Tax Prep
If you need a tax preparation app to help file your taxes this year, this free tax app from H&R Block might be your answer.
The H&R Block Tax Prep app allows you to take a picture of your W2 or 1099, easily integrating the information into your tax return. Download the app on all of your devices, and you can access your info wherever is most convenient. On top of that, you can get information on your potential refund.
While the tax app itself is free to download, there’s a fee when you’re ready to file.
4. TurboTax mobile app
Many people are familiar with TurboTax’s online software that helps users complete their tax returns, but fewer know about their tax preparation app.
Using the TurboTax mobile app, users can quickly snap photos of their W2s, which imports your information into the tax return. Additionally, you can connect with a live, on-screen expert when you need answers to your most pressing tax questions.
Using this tax app, you can file your taxes easily from just about anywhere. The app is free to use, however, you do pay when you file your tax return.
The IRS is your go-to hub for all things taxes — and they have a free tax app to make things convenient. The IRS2Go mobile app offers you access to free tax preparation assistance and allows you to check up on important things like your refund status.
If you owe the IRS, you can make a payment through the app using your bank account, debit card, or credit card.
Get started now
Now that tax season is here, it’s time to get started. Though doing your taxes can be unpleasant, using these apps can take some of the frustration out of the process. To get ahead, start on your taxes now so you can get them done and over with.
Using these tax apps, you can stay on top of your tax situation year-round without the stress. Though these apps may be useful, if you have a complicated tax situation or any additional questions, be sure to seek out a professional for any tax advice.
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