03 APR

File Your Taxes with ‘TurboTax SnapTax’ for iPhone

by Marianne Schultz

The deadline for filing income taxes in the US is almost here and if you normally wait until the last minute, you should know that there’s a super easy way to get it all done with just your iPhone and an app: Intuit’s TurboTax SnapTax.

SnapTax first debuted in the App Store in time for the 2011 tax season and it’s received several updates since then. The app allows you to use the iPhone’s camera to take pictures of your W-2 and a few other common forms, extracting the information from them so you don’t need to enter much manually. Beyond this, you answer a few additional questions and then verify all of your information.

Here’s Intuit’s promo video for SnapTax – the narrator is way too chipper to be talking about a tax app and it doesn’t show too much of the app itself but it should at least give you decent idea of how it works:

SnapTax gives you a running estimate as you enter information of your tax refund or the amount you owe the government. Once you’re done, you can file your taxes right through the app. Downloading SnapTax is free but it will cost you $24.99 via in-app purchase to file your federal and state returns through the app.

Note that SnapTax is really meant for those with fairly basic tax filing needs. If you own a home, earned more than $100,000 in 2012, or earned income from other sources beyond your job or bank interest, you’ll need to file your taxes another way. If you can use SnapTax, you can be pretty confident it will be easy and accurate if its overall 5-star rating from over 9,000 users in the App Store is any indication.

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4 Comments

  1. Rick

    I had a lot of problems with SnapTax this year. It wouldn’t photo my W2 this year, because my company switch to a pay check company the used a landscape style W2 instead of the standard portrait style. After typing everything in manually, the app had an error when I went to submit. I emailed TurboTax, they said to submit again. I do so, but only my federal went through. I then emailed TurboTax again, then yet again, and still haven’t received a response. It’s been over 2 months, so I’ll have to print a mail my state return.

    Overall I’d say it was a hassle and I wouldn’t recommend this app is until they get their s**t together.

  2. NC

    Absolutely no way are we ever again using Turbo Tax anything. That software screwed us up so badly that its not funny.

    My wife decided to deduct office usage for her home office. She declared the office to be 10 feet by 10 feet. Then when it asked for the size of the house, she some how mistakenly put in 10 by 10 AGAIN.

    The scary this is that software TOOK HER ENTRY and never flagged it at all. SO, according to Turbo Tax she was claiming 100% use of the house as an office. Red flag? YOU BET.

    We had to amend TWO YEARS OF RETURNS. For two years in a row Turbo Tax was released to the public with this bug. Have they corrected it? Who knows. We will never use that software again.

    Not only did we have to amend two years of returns, we also had to pay late fees, fines and interest. Thanks Turbo Tax for your “idiot proof tax software that works like a GPS” !

    Yea, right.

  3. Aaron

    @ NC

    TurboTax is a self-prep software, it isn’t psychic. It doesn’t know if your office is 10×10 or 1000000×1000000, same with your home. People do use 100% of their home as their office. I am one of those people. Let me put this in context for you. This is as if you are sitting at the table filling out the form with a Bic ink pen. It asks for your office space and you enter 10×10. It asks for the size of your home and you write in…10×10. Mail your return and it processes. Then you catch the mistake and write a poor review for the Bic ballpoint pen company for messing up your taxes. Genius.

  4. CS

    Note that SnapTax is really meant for those with fairly basic tax filing needs. If you own a home, earned more than $100,000 in 2012, or earned income from other sources beyond your job or bank interest, you’ll need to file your taxes another way. If you can use SnapTax, you can be pretty confident it will be easy and accurate if its overall 5-star rating from over 9,000 users in the App Store is any indication.

    @NC learn to read

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