Boston Herald | Apps can help with your taxing situations

http://bostonherald.com/business/technology/booting/2013/02/apps_can_help_your_taxing_situations

 

Jessica Van Sack
February 11, 2013
 

We can’t deny it anymore: Tax season is upon us.

But this year, there’s no reason to drown in a sea of receipts and financial statements. It’s time to go paperless. With the help of a few apps and programs, you can organize your taxes and send all pertinent info to your accountant in a snap.

If you want to dip your toe in the paperless world first, the simplest way to start is with a program called Slice. This friendly little service scours your email account for online purchases and organizes them for you. Rather than searching blindly through your email for that business purchase you forgot about or that donation to your friend’s charity run, Slice keeps those things handy throughout the year. It comes in the form of a free smartphone app and an online account accessible at Slice.com

 

I’m not sure anyone over the age of 25 ever filed their taxes with a mobile app. With the notable exception of TurboTax’s iPad app, most digital filing programs are tailored to the simple filers.

Yet for the rest of us, there is an easy way to keep track of all our financial docs: Evernote. My family has used Evernote for several years, and it’s a breeze. Simply put, Evernote is a service in the cloud that helps you remember stuff. But what separates it from similar offerings is its amazing text-recognition capabilities. As a result, everything becomes searchable, even handwritten notes. So if you took someone to a business lunch and the waiter scrawled a receipt, just take a picture of it with your phone and Evernote will translate the chicken scratch.

Evernote also allows you to organize and categorize your scans into “notebooks.” So you can save the scrawled receipt to a notebook for business expenses. You can also share these notebooks with your spouse or anyone else.

And if you’re one of the aforementioned single and young people who is a simple filer (you don’t own a home, don’t have any interest income and earn less than $100G), download SnapTax for iOS or Android. You snap a photo of your W-2 and it automatically populates the 1040EZ form with your info, allowing you to file in minutes. The rest of us truly resent you for this, but at least there are a few ways to make the dreaded process a bit less painful for us, too.

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