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Online Tips for Tax Season 2015

Tax Day is quickly approaching, and for those of us who have not yet filed our taxes, anxiety may be setting in. Thankfully, there are a variety of great apps to help you push forward to the IRS tax filing deadline of April 15.

 

Smart Financial Planning

There are several online tools to assist with overall financial planning and financial literacy. Among these apps is Mint, an online budgeting tool. This app can monitor your spending on a continual basis, keeping your budget in check year-round and providing you with the important financial details you will need to prepare your taxes. Similarly, the financial planning app Learnvest helps users better understand and categorize their money by providing financial planning tips, sample budgets and money management guidelines along with access to financial planners, for an additional cost.

 

Keeping Your Receipts Organized

Receipts are a huge part of tax season, but they can be cumbersome to keep organized. Both Shoeboxed and Neat are connected tools that will help keep your receipts electronically organized and easy to search. Shoeboxed, approved by the IRS, provides users with a scan-by-mail service for their paper receipts and collects electronic receipts from users’ Gmail accounts. Neat, on the other hand, is a good solution for those who would rather scan their own receipts and documents. The app offers cloud backup, so you don’t have to worry about losing all of your receipts if your computer crashes.

 

Filing Your Taxes Online

If you’re preparing to file your taxes online, be sure to visit IRS.gov for free filing software (dependent on your income) and free electronic forms if your income does not qualify you for free filing. Peruse the site for a wide range of free tools and resources for gathering your information.

Once you are ready to actually file your taxes, both TurboTax and H&R Block offer apps to help you do so. As a bonus, H&R block offers free in-person audit support for people who use their services. However, if you still find yourself struggling with questions while filing your taxes, the free app Ask A CPA is a great solution. The app provides users with answers to frequently asked taxpayer questions, such as what costs are deductible and who you can claim as a dependent.

After you are done filing, IRS2Go – the official mobile app of the IRS – will provide you with status updates on your refund, as well as tax tips to make filing easier next year.

Use these resources to help streamline the last-minute tax-season scramble! Or, if you have already filed for this year, make next year’s tax season experience even easier with these resources, powered by your Frontier broadband connection.

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