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  • You Can Now File Your Taxes Via iPhone

    In case you missed the biggest news in the world of electronic tax filing, Intuit has announced the iOS arrival of its hugely popular tax software TurboTax, making it possible to complete and file your federal and state income tax return for 2010 via iPhone. If you plan to e-file - and have remarkably simple tax needs - this free app dubbed SnapTax may be for you.

    "SnapTax offers an entirely new and unique way to file taxes," said Barry Saik, vice president of product management for TurboTax. "Now, millions of taxpayers across the country can do their taxes easily and accurately from their mobile phones in just minutes." According to Saik and the promotional material available about SnapTax, the mobile app is fairly straightforward. The filing process begins by photographing your W-2 form(s) from the iPhone or an Android-powered smartphone. The app then "extracts the data" via optical character recognition technology. Pretty nifty, indeed.

    In minutes you can complete and review your completed tax return. If there are no problems, you can e-file directly from your phone. But there are several catches to the process, not the least of which are the simplistic requirements of your tax needs. For instance, your reported income can only be logged from W-2, interest or unemployment forms. Also, if you earned more than $80,000 (single) or $100,000 (married) in 2010, the app is not for you.

    Although the app is "free" and available now for download http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/turbo...406364213?mt=8 there's a $14.99 charge to e-file your returns from the iPhone.

    This article was originally published in forum thread: You Can Now File Your Taxes Via iPhone started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 21 Comments
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Cool, I'm gunna give it a shot.
    1. Xcellerator's Avatar
      Xcellerator -
      Nice, though I'll probably stick the doing taxes by hand/computer.
    1. muzmurad's Avatar
      muzmurad -
      For those wondering, it's for the US only.

      Quicktax in Canada was changed to TurboTax starting this year
    1. javiert30's Avatar
      javiert30 -
      I always doit online with them, but I tried with the app and when I fill up the answers it dont allow me to doit because I had dependents last year. So I think that we all that file with dependents last year we are not going to be able to doit with the app, it sends you to file online. Useless for us
    1. Hyperextension's Avatar
      Hyperextension -
      Like I want to be doing my taxes on a MUCH smaller screen. Wow. What a useless app.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Its a pretty cool idea
    1. jiggyjae's Avatar
      jiggyjae -
      Quote Originally Posted by Hyperextension View Post
      Like I want to be doing my taxes on a MUCH smaller screen. Wow. What a useless app.
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      Its a pretty cool idea
      Useless for you though.... lol
    1. pdiddy21502's Avatar
      pdiddy21502 -
      Think i will still be doing my taxes the old fashion way.
    1. delusion950's Avatar
      delusion950 -
      What's an average time of completing the taxes? 2 days?
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      sounds like a cool app buy im gonna stick to the turbo tax website but will try it out
    1. ohthatguyagain's Avatar
      ohthatguyagain -
      Great idea! Eventually, I can see this expanding to cover almost all versions of the full turbotax... Who knows, the phone might even help autofill the id process at the end, pre-submission.
      I would probably have qualified to use the app, but opted for the full web version on my mbp
    1. AKCHRIS's Avatar
      AKCHRIS -
      WOW..an App for taxes..Guess what..if ya mess up..guess where ya gotta go? BACK too your Computer..lol..i <3 Apple BUT...not this App.lol
    1. JazJon's Avatar
      JazJon -
      I'm going to try it, nice.
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      Quote Originally Posted by Hyperextension View Post
      Like I want to be doing my taxes on a MUCH smaller screen. Wow. What a useless app.
      For you, maybe others will find it helpful
    1. GellBrake'rrrr's Avatar
      GellBrake'rrrr -
      If I hadn't already done my taxes (with TurboTax) yesterday.... I would have given it a shot. Great idea!! Pretty soon the question will be "what is it that you /can't do/ with your iPhone"?
    1. Sanady361's Avatar
      Sanady361 -
      I'll still be using Tax Act.
    1. Hondamaker's Avatar
      Hondamaker -
      Tried it. It works, but some of the fields are left blank and you have to enter some info manually. Not bad, though.
    1. santacruzlocal's Avatar
      santacruzlocal -
      Nice ... Not sure how much I trust it !!!
    1. alexevo's Avatar
      alexevo -
      So lets put this in perspective, they made an app to do your taxes on your iPhone because presumably you'd be doing them away from home.

      Away from your filing cabinet...away from your computer which may contain other important tax info that you may need to retrieve...probably away from your phone charger and who knows what else.

      Just so that you can do your taxes in the comfort of the line at the grocery store and constantly call home to your significant other to ask them for information so you can input it instead of doing it at home.