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iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
For those of us in the US, it’s that time again: taxes! TurboTax, one of the leading online and software-based tax services, has just released SnapTax, which lets you snap a picture of your W9, and submit it via the app, all for a $24.99 fee. If you have simple taxes, this might be the app for you.
It’s coming down to the time for us procrastinators to either suck it up and do our taxes or file an extension. Taxes, and finance in general, are not the most exciting of tasks. And on a yearly basis, I seem to wait until the last minute to get this done (just did mine today). When taxes and finance are put into app form, they can be a little less boring. Check out our four favorite tax season apps for taxes and generally being in a better mood about finance and budgeting.
Tax Receipt Log: The most important thing about finance apps is speed and organization. Tax Receipt Log makes the process of saving receipts both quick and organized. Users snap a picture of the receipt, enter an amount, and tag it under a category. Text and voice notes can also be added to the entries. And when tax season comes around, all of the expenses can be exported as a spreadsheet and sent out via email. It may be a little late to organize receipts in this way this year, but now’s a great time to start for next tax season.
Released: 2011-03-31 :: Category: Finance
CoinKeeper: This is a recent favorite of mine and we even awarded it an Editor’s Choice award here at 148Apps. CoinKeeper does what most finance and budgeting apps fail to do, it makes the process of entering all transactions into an app make sense. CoinKeeper has a beautiful and unique interface. The motion of dragging a coin from an income to an account and from an account to a budget just simply makes sense. It’s a quick motion and is intensely visual. Seeing a monthly budget in terms of colors and coins filled up by percentage is exactly what I need to keep my money in check. Anyone serious about their budgeting absolutely must have this app.
Released: 2011-10-17 :: Category: Finance
PocketMoney: I reviewed this one back in 2009. Like CoinKeeper, PocketMoney is a way to keep track of all transactions through the year. It has budgeting options, multiple accounts, and everything most would need out of a budgeting app. There are even advanced options like category splitting which allows users to put parts of a transaction in one category and other parts in another (like buying a DVD while grocery shopping… partially in entertainment and partially in food). Unlike CoinKeeper, PocketMoney doesn’t have a unique and revolutionary interface. It has the more traditional iOS interface with simple rows of transactions and bottom buttons. I would suggest this one for users that can’t get attached to the CoinKeeper interface.
Released: 2008-07-11 :: Category: Finance
Mint.com: Mint is a service that helps users track all of the information that PocketMoney and CoinKeeper need inputted manually. Mint keeps track of accounts and transactions automatically and does its best to sort the transactions into categories. Budgeting is fairly easy with Mint but the automation isn’t exactly perfect. Transactions will sometimes be categorized in the wrong place and need to be manually fixed. Also, Mint doesn’t work with all banks. Billy Miller, who reviewed Mint on 148Apps back in 2009, had some trouble with the app supporting small banks and credit unions, “A lot of people who prefer small banks or credit unions will probably run into the same situation.”
We’re only a few weeks away from federal taxes being due but I can bet there are a whole lot of people out there who haven’t even looked at their W2s yet. If you’re in the procrastination boat then don’t panic, as a new mobile version of CompleteTax is here to help you fill out all your paperwork and get your taxes filed before the IRS decides to take notice and pay special attention to you.
The app allows anyone who’s filing a 1040EZ form to fill out all their info on their phone and send it in without hassle. The program asks basic information, as well as pertinent financial info and then puts all the numbers in the right boxes. It’s fast, it’s simple and you can go on with your life.
Just take note that the app is only built for those file a 1040EZ, if you have a more complex tax situation or plan to itemize your deductions then you’d best find a more thorough solution. No matter what your method you’d better get on it, you really should be finishing your taxes instead of reading this article. Get to work!
Tax season is upon us. Even the worst procrastinators are aware that the April 15th deadline is creeping closer and closer. If you’re in that camp and an iPad owner, perhaps this news will jumpstart you to tackling your taxes: TurboTax this week released an iPad version of its TurboTax 2010 software. With the app you can file your taxes directly from your iPad.
The app works just like the desktop version of the software, featuring a similar interface and step-by-step walkthrough of the tax filing process. You answer the same guided questions about your finances as usual, and the app figures out how much you either get back from or owe the IRS. Entering your information is intuitive and quick thanks to the iPad’s touchscreen. The app works in either portrait or landscape mode as well.
Like the desktop version of TurboTax, all of your data remains on your iPad until you’re ready to connect to the Internet and file. Although the app is free to download on the iTunes App Store, when you try to file, you’ll have to pay for the software, just like in the other versions of TurboTax. There are numerous versions to choose from, starting at $29.99.
While using TurboTax 2010 on iPad is as seamless a process as it is in the desktop version, there are some shortcomings to note. The biggest drawback to the app is that you cannot import the previous year’s data. Instead, you’ll have to start your filing process from the very beginning. That said, you can at least move over any data you’ve already entered into the desktop version of TurboTax 2010 to your iPad with ease. So, if you want to enter everything in on your desktop and then transfer it to your iPad (or vice versa), that’s an option.
For next year’s version, hopefully we’ll see the addition of an import option and W-2 scanning via the iPad 2′s camera.
If you’re not an iPad owner, but you have an iPhone, a similar app, called SnapTax, allows you to file directly from your phone. And you can even scan your W-2 with the phone’s camera with this app.