Taxes are due in the US. While that may sound like cause for alarm if you haven’t completed your taxes already, there are still some easy ways to get them done without filing late or filing for an extension. Follow along for the best apps to quickly and accurately file your taxes right from your iPhone or iPad.
There are a handful of available apps for iPhone and iPad to accomplish filing your taxes, but without a doubt the two most reputable (and highly rated) choices come down to Intuit’s TurboTax and H&R Block’s offering. TurboTax for iPhone and iPad Intuit’s tagline for its TurboTax iOS app is “Snap. Tap. Done.” Instead of having to manually enter your information throughout the filing process, you can utilize your camera for capturing your W-2. TurboTax’s software will take care of the details. Other features include live-on screen video help, the option to connect with a TurboTax expert, and Touch ID and Apple Pay support.
Another benefit to this software is you can start your taxes on your iPhone or iPad. You can pick up where you left off on your Mac or PC. TurboTax offers free Federal filing. It also offers three other tiers of paid services depending on your needs (most users will likely be able to file for $100 or less). TurboTax offers a maximum refund guarantee and also supports two-step verification for security.
Intuit has 4.5/5 stars on over 9,000 reviews for all versions of the iOS TurboTax app and is a free download from the App Store. H&R Block Tax Prep and File H&R Block offers the same features and benefits as TurboTax with its iOS app and offers a 100% accuracy guarantee and a maximum refund guarantee. The app includes features like document scanning, one-tap help, live tax-experts and even 3D Touch support for checking your refund status.
You can also start, continue, and finish your tax returns on any device. However, pricing looks to start at $1.98 via in-app purchases ($0.99 a piece for Federal and State filing). Also, it goes up to about $90 depending on your needs. Hence, H&R Block’s iOS app has 4/5 stars with over 1,500 reviews for all versions and is a free download from the App Store.
Intuit’s TurboTax for iPad apps offer the same features you find with the company’s Web, PC and Mac options. Three versions — Deluxe, Premier and Home & Business — are supported, each walking the user through a variety of interview questions and then double-checking for accuracy and for any additional credits or deductions that you may be eligible for. Upon completion of the interview process, your return can be filed wirelessly with the IRS.
Using the App
Once you’ve installed and launched the appropriate version of the app, you’ll be presented with questions. Aditionally, it is about your personal life — your marital status, number of children or any recent deaths in the immediate family. The app will invite you to also enter pertinent financial information — either manually or using snapshots of your W-2s and other paperwork. Then will help guide you through your available credits and deductions, before checking your return for accuracy and sending it to the IRS.
Supported iPad Devices (iOs 8 and above) are:
iPad: 2nd Gen, 3rd Gen, 4th Gen,
iPad mini: 1, 2, 3, 4
iPad Air: 1, 2
iPad Pro: 1