The idea: Taxes are the worst. They’re time consuming and annoying. But Intuit has simplified the process with SnapTax.
SnapTax is a free mobile app that launched mid-January. It was downloaded 350,000 times in its first three weeks, Intuit’s Colleen Gatlin tells us.
Here’s how it works:
- Download SnapTax on your iPhone or Android.
- Snap a photo of your W-2 to import your info.
- Provide your SSN, occupation, dependency status, etc.
- Review your 1040EZ form and save it as a pdf before paying $19.99 to file your taxes electronically via your mobile phone. Voila, you’re done!
Whose idea: Intuit
Why it’s brilliant: Instead of struggling with complicated software or waiting for your accountant to do it, SnapTax will take care of your taxes in minutes.
The one downfall: this app only works for those with incredibly easy tax returns — think young twentysomethings who make less than $80K; they don’t have a mortgage, dependents, or businesses to their names.
If you don’t meet that description, you’re better off filing taxes a more time-consuming way.
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