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Let’s face it tax season is upon us. The deadline is swiftly approaching and the majority of Americans will wait till the last minute to…


Let’s face it tax season is upon us. The deadline is swiftly approaching and the majority of Americans will wait till the last minute to file their taxes. To streamline this process, and to avoid the paying a visit to your tax professional, many of us overlook the accessibility and convenience of filing your taxes via your tablet or smartphone.

Here are several free apps that will help ease the tedious process of completing your taxes.

H&R Block at Home 2012

The leader in tax preparation since 1955 has created a tablet-based app to quickly and easily complete your federal and state returns. The app contains features like automatic reviews to catch any discrepancies in data, to translating the complex tax code down in layman's terms, and the ability to view the status of your return. It literally holds your delicate and trembling hand every step of the way while you press the submit button.

H&R Block 1040EZ 2012

H&R Block’s 1040EZ-based app allows individuals to take a picture of their W-2 and have the app do the rest. Covering the same bases as the at home app, the 1040EZ’s only exception is that it supports users who are single or filing jointly, and make $100,000 or less. It is available for the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Android.

TurboTax 2012 / TurboTax SnapTax

Quickly becoming a competitor to H&R Block, TurboTax guarantees you the biggest possible refund in the shortest amount of time. Simply snap a picture of your W-2 and the app will do the rest. And since you're e-filing, the app will expedite your return so you can utilize that sweet refund to start that emergency fund that you’ve been putting off for sometime now. TurboTax 2012 is available for the iPad, while its SnapTax counterpart is featured on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and Android.

TaxACT Free Federal Edition

A great feature that is offered by the TaxACT app is to pause and resume your return, and the ability to complete it via Like H&R Block and TurboTax, TaxACT also offers you the ability to create multiple returns. With TaxAct you can access a tax glossary containing 300 terms that will not only enlighten you, but also create life-based events that can possibly qualify you for an even greater return. In short, TaxACT personifies the tax professional that your parents visited. The app is available for the iPad & Android.

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