File taxes online: Our favorite apps for tax season
Christine Ottoni • April 5, 2019if( has_post_thumbnail( $post_id ) ): ?>
Use your device to file taxes online this tax season
The best tax season apps let you file taxes online right from your phone or tablet and keep you organized all year long.
Take a look at what’s out there and choose the app that’s right for you. Know that in the world of taxes, these services are rarely free. When you file your taxes in person you’re typically charged a fee for the service, right? A couple of the options below are no different, but we did find one free service you might want to check out.
We’ll point out some features of each and let you know where one app might get the edge up on another. Always read the app descriptions thoroughly so there aren’t any surprises in terms of fees.
Skip the line this tax season and file right from your phone with TurboTax Return.
Tax filing apps are a great option for people with relatively simple tax situations. What do we mean by a simple tax situation? Well if you work for one employer your return is going to be pretty straightforward compared to a freelancer with as many as 10 or 20 clients.
With TurboTax Return, take a picture of your W-2, answer some questions and file securely from your phone or tablet.
The app syncs across platforms so you can do your taxes on the go or at home on your desktop, whatever works for you. Let it be known: the app is going to charge you filing fees. The same as if you went into a tax preparation place.
If you’re self-employed or a freelancer, consider a financial organizing app that keeps up with your small business all year long. The QuickBooks Self-Employed app preps you for tax season right out of the gate. It might not help you this year but think about how easy it will be to file next time.
The app helps you keep track of receipts, expenses, income and mileage all in one simple app. Attach a receipt to a transaction by taking a picture of it and keep all your expenses on record come tax season.
QuickBooks comes from the Intuit family (the same makers of TurboTax). You can purchase a tax bundle option so you can export your yearly QuickBooks Self-Employed data into TurboTax Self-Employed, making it so much simpler to file taxes online.
To get a free filing with Credit Karma Taxes you have to get started with Credit Karma first. Credit Karma is a free app that gives you access to your credit score (without affecting it) and provides transparency as to what goes into a score. They provide helpful articles and offer products like credit cards too.
Credit Karma offers free to file federal and state returns, “no matter what your tax situation is.” This comes with their 24/7 live chat support, and the ability to import your W-2 to keep things running smoothly in the app.
You can find out more about filing taxes online with Credit Karma here.
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