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5 Apps to Help You Conquer Tax Season Like a Champ

Mar 25 2015 - 12:15pm

Doing your taxes is like going to the dentist . . . no one actually likes it, but you'd sure be in trouble if you skipped out. To make this time of year less painful, we bring you five apps that put the "ease" in tax season. April 15, bring it on!


Especially for the business person, Shoeboxed [1] (free) will save you hours of headaches. All you have to do is take photos of your receipts, and the app uploads them to an online platform to easily search and sort. No more looking through drawers and purses for those missing papers.

TurboTax SnapTax

For the procrastinators out there, TurboTax SnapTax [2] (free) will be a lifesaver. Just snap a photo of your W2s and answer a few questions in as little as 10 minutes. You can prepare and e-file your federal tax return in the app for free, but the state return is $15.

H&R Block

If you're looking for one app that pretty much does it all, you'll want to give H&R Block [3] (free) a try. As soon as you hit "download," you can find an H&R Block office or tax professional nearby, schedule an appointment, upload tax documents to your personal account, track your refund status, estimate your taxes — the list goes on!


There are many benefits to downloading the IRS-developed app IRS2Go [4] (free). For starters, it lets you sign up for tax tips and check the status of your refund once you've filed. Plus, you can request your tax records straight from your phone in no time.


Dare we say this is the most important app of all! In the middle of all the tax season stress, Calm [5] (free) will help you meditate, sleep, and relax your way through April 15. It comes with timed guided meditation sessions, sounds and scenes from nature, and soothing music. Ommm.

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