The deadline for filing taxes in 2017 is Tuesday, April 18, and for anxious tax filers, that day may come much faster than they'd like.
Reality says differently, though, with about two months left before tax deadline day. Experts advise using that time to squeeze every penny you can out of Uncle Sam, and leverage every tool you can to get that job done.
Enter, stage right, a burgeoning number of mobile apps that can greatly aid tax filers in their time of need. To break through the hundreds of tax-related apps on the market, TheStreet asked around for the helpful tax filing mobile apps. Here's what we found:
ItsDeductible Donation Tracker - If you happen to donate to a lot of charities, this app can track where you donated and log any associated documents or mileage, says Jayson Mullin, owner and founder of Top Tax Defenders. "Premium members can export this information into their tax preparation software with ease," Mullin states.
IRS2Go - The official app of the IRS, IRS2Go doesn't have some of the high tech features other apps offer, Mullin says. "But it's a great way to check in on the status of your refund or search for local tax preparation services," he adds. "You can also sign up for helpful tax tips throughout the year which should ease tax-related stress."
H&R Block Tax Preparation app - Carrie Smith Nicholson, a financial writer and founder of the CarefulCents.com blog, says the H&R Block tax app is great - especially for freelancers and other self-employed career professionals. "Whether you have a simple tax return, or something more complicated, you can use the H&R Block Tax Preparation app to get started filing your self-employed taxes and state return for free," Nicholson says. "Once you decided on the complexity of your tax return, you'll pay anywhere from $29-$79 to electronically file it." Nicholson says the app's "Smart Import" feature allows tax filers to take a picture of their W-2s or 1099MISC for instant import. "Plus, the H&R Block mobile tax app automatically reviews your return for errors and omissions, and the maximum refund is guaranteed," she states.
TurboTax W-2 Snap+Autofill and TurboTax Smart Look - TurboTax continues to see "an explosive growth" among customers doing their taxes on their mobile devices, the company states in an email to TheStreet. "Last tax season alone, nearly six million customers did their taxes on a mobile device and 50% of TurboTax customers touched mobile at some point in the tax prep process," TurboTax notes. Many of those users are opting for TurboTax W-2 Snap+Autofill. This app enables users to snap a photo of their W-2 form and TurboTax automatically puts the information directly into the user's tax return. Another Turbotax app, SmartLook, "allows customers to connect live, via one-way video, to a TurboTax expert and credentialed accountant or enrolled agents to get personalized, real-time answers to their questions when they need it," the company states.
Zeel - How about a nice relaxing massage when you're done filing your taxes digitally? Zeel can help, with what it labels "five-star" massages delivered right to your home or hotel via Zeel's mobile app, all within a "few hours." "Simply download the app, in a few swipes, a licensed massage therapist will come to you with the massage table, music -- everything you need to transform your room into a getaway," the company tells TheStreet. "You choose the gender of your therapist, duration of your appointment, and type of massage from Swedish, deep tissue, sports, sleep or prenatal. Couples massage are available, as well."
To many Americans, the tax filing process is akin to other miserable lifetime experiences, like a root canal or the rush hour commute. Alleviate some of that pain with the mobile apps above, and then reward yourself with a nice massage when you're done.
By that time, you'll have earned it.