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Don’t stress tax time with these helpful iPhone apps

by Kate Currin

Well, it's officially tax season! What, it isn’t a happy time for you? Maybe you should spend more time prepping throughout the year with your iPhone apps so you don’t get so stressed out come the beginning of next year. Tax time shouldn’t be stressful, it should be routine. Here are some helpful tax apps to get you started on a road to financial stability.

H&R Block (Free)

My taxes are pretty uncomplicated so I have used H&R Block online for years. I love that the company has the free H&R Block app so I can get answers to my tax questions on-the-go. You can check the status of your return, too, to see when you will receive your refund. The app has a helpful checklist so you can make sure you have everything you need for your tax appointment, which you can use this app to make and find the nearest H&R Block location to you.

TurboTax SnapTax (Free)

If you don’t even want to bother logging-on to a computer to do your taxes, you can use the free TurboTax SnapTax app for iPhone. Simply take a photo of your W2 and you’re almost done. However, you can’t use this app if you have children, dependents, own a house/real estate, or make more than $100,000. It’s still a magical app and you really don’t have an excuse to not get your taxes in on time when there’s app like this available.

Mint.com Personal Finance (Free)

Completing your taxes each year is much easier if you don’t neglect your personal finances year-round. The Mint.com Personal Finance app for iPhone is an easy and free way to keep track of your budget and expenses. All your loans and accounts can be rolled into one handy place. If you own your own business and pay taxes each year, you can use Mint.com to create a specific tax budget so you aren’t surprised come April. Getting this app is a no-brainer for the fiscally sound.

MileBug ($2.99)

Do you track tax-deductible mileage? Isn’t it a pain in the rear? Well the MileBug app for iPhone can help you keep track of that mileage in one convenient place. Miles you drive for business, charity and medical reasons can be deducted on your taxes when you itemize. The app saves frequent trips so you save time in tracking miles you trek on a daily or weekly basis. There is also a pertinent backup function so you won’t lose your miles tracked. Get the savvy MileBug app today and have a bigger tax return next year.

Accounting Today (Free)

Do you absolutely love doing your taxes? You are an anomaly, but you will love the free Accounting Today app for iPhone. You can use it year-round to keep up on all the latest accounting news and tax tips that personal accounts know and understand.