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5 Apps to Help With Your Taxes

appsTax season is already upon us. With the April deadline looming ahead, those of us in the states now need to sort through our expense reports, look over our W-2s, and track our donation receipts. But filing your taxes doesn’t have to be intimidating. These apps can help you survive tax season. Whether you choose an app through one of the major programs or you use a cell phone soy software for android/apple devices you’re sure to keep a close eye on your money. Sit back, relax, and watch your rebates trickle back.

Evernote Scannable
Chances are likely that you’ll want to be able to scan documents in order to make careful records. If you don’t have a scanner available at home, never fear. Consider something like Evernote Scannable for your iPhone or Android. There are dozens of apps out there which can turn your smartphone into a powerhouse scanner of its own but Evernote Scannable is one of the best out there. The app uses optical character recognition technology, allowing the app to detect words and numbers so you can more easily search for stuff in the documents you scan. And the best part about it? The app is free.

Available for: iOS

ItsDeductible
Do you make a lot of charitable contributions? It’s important to have an organized system for documenting all donations you make, whether it’s cash or items. That’s why ItsDeductible by Intuit, the company behind TurboTax, is one of our favorite tax handy apps. This app allows you to document and organize all donations you make to charities. If you’ve forgotten their Tax ID, no worries. You can search through the app’s database to find both local and national charities, making it simple to find what you’re looking for.

Available for: iOS

Expensify
This app is actually pretty handy outside of tax season too. The purpose of this app is to track business expenses, which can help you deduct business expenses on your taxes and document them so your work can compensate you. You have the option of either hooking up a bank account so expenses can be tracked instantly or you can manually enter business related expenses, turning bookkeeping into a no brainer. It’s fast, reliable, and very simple to use. You can even scan receipts and have information from the receipts instantly record inside the app’s database. It’s also one of the few apps on this list available for Android so feel free to start downloading away.

Available for: Android, iOS

Taxcaster
TurboTax has put out yet another excellent app to help you figure out your tax situation. This free app is meant to help give you an idea of how much money you’ll owe Uncle Sam and how big of a refund you can expect. All you’ll need to do is input some basic information and the app will estimate your taxes. You won’t be able to actually file your taxes with the app but this is a pretty handy little thing to keep around. If you’re someone who needs to pay money back to Uncle Sam, this can help you decide how much money you’ll need to put aside before tax season comes around.

Available for: Android, iOS

IRS2Go
This app is actually designed by the IRS itself. While it’s not the most exciting app in thr world, it offers a lot of helpful resources for taxpayers. You can use this app to check the status of your refund, study up on tax laws, watch helpful videos to give you an idea of how to file taxes on your own, and you can even order a copy of your tax records in the mail. Very handy and easy to use. Of course, it’s also free, which certainly makes downloading it to your phone even more convenient.

Available for: Android, iOS