Guest Review: MCotY Veronica Ricci reviews TurboTax SnapTax
As a special treat, and as a filler until we get her “Mac Chick of the Year” photo spread finished, Penthouse Pet and Mac Chick of the Year Veronica Ricci is making her tech-review debut here on Macenstein with her timely review of Intuit’s Turbo Tax SnapTax. Enjoy!
Tax season is (unfortunately) upon us. I have used TurboTax online a few times in the past to do my taxes but never even thought about checking into whether there was “an app for that”. Well, surprise surprise, there is! It’s called TurboTax SnapTax (iTunes free) and it is actually quite cool (for an app revolving around filing your taxes, at least). You can use your iPhone (or iPad/iPod if it has a camera) to upload your W-2’s and other tax documents instead of dealing with the hassle of scanning them or risking forgetting one on your way to the accountant.
This is a godsend for people like myself who have multiple W2’s from multiple employers and a tendency to lose one important document the day before it is due only to find it hidden in a sock days latter, making me question my sanity, the company I keep, or what I do while I’m in a REM cycle. Now that I have this TurboTax SnapTax app I have been snapping EACH tax document as I get it and making sure it is stored before I accidentally smoke the paper or it falls on to my dog’s pee pad. Sure, the SnapTax OCR feature isn’t PERFECT, and you should still check it against and hold on to your paper documents, but I’ll be damned if filing taxes from your iPhone doesn’t feel Sci-Fi-future-ray-gun cool.
The app itself is free, but filing your taxes costs a very reasonable $19.99 (Price goes up to $24.99 after March 24th) which is paid directly through your iTunes account. This $19.99 covers both your state and federal tax filing, although unfortunately there is no discount if you are lucky enough to live somewhere that does not require a state filing.
P.S. Thanks for voting me Mac Chick of the Year 2012 (if you did). If you didn’t then I will see you in Dell. Kidding, but I’m glad I found a good excuse to say “I will see you in Dell on a Mac website”.
Oh, and speaking of the future and paying taxes on the phone, I will leave you with this thought:
“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face — forever.”
– George Orwell, 1984