Tax apps can be incredibly useful and mind-easing whether you do taxes yourself or not. Being able to walk in to your CPA with some clue as to what you should expect in a worst-case scenario definitely lowers the blood pressure a few points, and thanks to modern tech, it’s easier than ever before to reach that point. With the filing deadline fast approaching, we decided to take this time to make our recommendations for favorite tax apps courtesy iOS 7. Our picks:
ASK A CPA Tax
CPAdirect Marketing, Inc., is the group behind this resource written by CPAs for us do-it-yourselfers. It’s easy to install, takes up only 2.6 MB, and has one of the most extensive archives around. Best of all, it’s Free, with a 4.5/5 rating.
TaxCaster By TurboTax (Intuit)
TaxCaster has been a good friend of mine for a long, long time. I’m not always right when I do the calculation, but it certainly gives me the knowledge I need when I sit down with my CPA to know what she’s talking about. The meter adjusts instantly as you enter in new data, and every year, Intuit updates according to changes in the federal tax law. Also Free.
MileIQ Automatic Mileage Tracker
MileIQ is very cool for the self-employed or anyone who gets to take mileage off their taxes. It keeps up with how many drives you’ve made, how many miles you’ve logged, and what that translates to in dollar amount for deduction purposes. Once again, it’s a Freebie, so you can’t beat the price.
Quick Tax Reference From Bloomberg BNA
Bloomberg BNA’s Quick Tax Reference is a virtual desk reference for anyone needing a quick answer to current tax rates and schedules. Whether you’re an individual, a business owner, or an investor, you’ll find this incredibly valuable as you prepare for the dreaded day. Free.
Evernote isn’t just one of the best tax apps around — it’s one of the greatest productivity apps, period. Throughout the year, you can take pictures of your receipts and send those photos to your app storage for safekeeping. And since Evernote allows you to search text on the images themselves, it’s really easy to pull up an old receipt whenever you need to reference it. Furthermore, you can send files like Excel spreadsheets into the app for quick calculations and ease of accessibility. Seriously, you might be able to live without Evernote, but why the heck would you want to?
Which tax apps have you found to be the most helpful in preparing for April 15? Share your picks with us below.