Free Ways to Do Your Taxes on Your Smartphone or Tablet

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Free Ways to Do Your Taxes on Your Smartphone or Tablet
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Filing a yearly tax return is inevitable for most of us, but it doesn't have to be stressful. Several free smartphone apps make filing simple returns as easy as answering a few questions or taking a photo of your W-2. If your return is more complex than a 1040EZ, apps from trusted companies like TurboTax and TaxAct bring all the features of their desktop software to you in easy-to-use tablet editions.

TurboTax's SnapTax - Smartphone app (iOS, Android; free)
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TurboTax's SnapTax - Smartphone app (iOS, Android; free)

Filing your state or federal tax return is as easy as taking a picture with your smartphone when you use SnapTax, the free mobile tax app from TurboTax. Just snap a photo of your W-2 and the app does the hard part, extracting all of your information and filling in the form for you. A few simple questions later and you’re ready to file -- no computer necessary. This app is designed for people filing the 1040-EZ or the 1040A form; filing fees may apply, but the app is free to use.

TurboTax SnapTax

CompleteTax Mobile 1040EZ - Smartphone app (iOS, Android; free)
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CompleteTax Mobile 1040EZ - Smartphone app (iOS, Android; free)

Prepare and file your state and federal taxes free of filing fees with CompleteTax Mobile 1040EZ. The app guides you through the process of entering your financial information and transmits it securely to the IRS, all from your smartphone or tablet. If your return is more complicated than a simple 1040EZ, you can get started on your mobile device and finish it on the CompleteTax website from any computer.

CompleteTax Mobile 1040EZ for iPhone or Android

H&R Block At Home 1040EZ - Smartphone app (iOS, Android; free)
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H&R Block At Home 1040EZ - Smartphone app (iOS, Android; free)

Enjoy H&R Block’s worry-free audit support and maximum refund guarantee while avoiding the line at your local office with the H&R Block At Home 1040EZ mobile app. Enter information using the app’s easy Q&A format or import your data from a photo of your W-2. As the name suggests, this is for individuals with basic tax situations who are filing a 1040EZ form.

H&R Block At Home 1040EZ

TaxACT Free Federal Edition - Tablet app (iPad, Android tablets; free)
TaxAct

TaxACT Free Federal Edition - Tablet app (iPad, Android tablets; free)

Whether your tax situation is simple or complicated, TaxACT is available to help you prepare and file your return from your iPad or Android tablet. The app offers free preparation and free e-filing of federal returns, and state returns are available for an additional fee. Information is synced with TaxAct’s website, so your information is available to you anytime, anywhere.

TaxACT Free Federal Edition

TurboTax for the iPad - Tablet app (iPad; free)
TurboTax

TurboTax for the iPad - Tablet app (iPad; free)

If you want to prepare your state or federal taxes on a mobile device but prefer a screen larger than your smartphone -- or if your taxes are too complicated for SnapTax -- check out the full version of TurboTax, available for the iPad in January 2013. The app walks you through entering your tax information, and double-checks to make sure you don’t miss deductions that could save you money and increase your refund. The app is free to download and use; filing fees vary depending on your tax situation.

TurboTax for the iPad

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