TaxCaster Mobile helps you accurately estimate your tax refund, or how much you owe, so you can see how line-by-line items affect your end result. Simply enter information – like income and deductions – and it’ll do the calculations for you. With an estimate of your refund, you can make some last minute moves to get more money back.
SnapTax: Designed for taxpayers with simple tax returns (Form 1040EZ), SnapTax lets you snap a photo of your W-2 with your mobile device’s camera and then automatically transfer the information right onto your tax return. Answer a few simple questions, review your tax return and tap “File My Taxes” to e-file in minutes. E-filing your state and federal taxes with SnapTax costs $19.99. You can even register for direct-deposit of a refund check.
The IRS’s IRS2Go app allows you to track a tax refund by entering your social security number into a secure and encrypted system. Also access tax planning and preparation tips, or connect to the IRS’s YouTube, Twitter and Facebook accounts to learn the latest information on tax law changes, initiatives, products and services.
Stay informed. Use your smartphone’s web browser to view YouTube videos from the IRS for the latest information on tax law changes, initiatives, products and services. You can also signup to receive tax filing updates from the IRS to your email.
Don’t be late. This year, the filing deadline has been extended to April 17. Nevertheless, the date always seems to sneak up on us. Use your smartphone’s calendar to schedule a date to complete and file your tax forms in plenty of time to avoid penalties. Be sure to set a reminder, too.
Eric Conlon is the director of sales for U.S. Cellular in New England