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5 More Tax Refund Apps for iPhone

Bakari Chavanu 04-04-2011

tax refund iphone appThe deadline for filing tax returns in the U.S. is right around the corner (April 15th). If you have already filed it or if you still need to get your W-2 forms completed, a few tax refund iPhone apps can come to your aid. A few of these apps help you get an estimate of your refund or what you might owe, while others simply give you a status of your return. All of them have an accessible user interface, and you don’t have to register with a service to use them.


Note: link headings will take you to the iTunes App Store.

MyTaxRefund [No Longer Available]

Simply put, MyTaxRefund tracks your e-filed tax return so can find out when you’re getting your well deserved return.
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This app doesn’t include features for calculating or preparing your tax return with the IRS, but it has got a lot of favorable reviews for what it says it does. There is also an optimized iPad version of this application.

TurboTaxSnapTax [No Longer Available]

TurboTaxSnapTax is a free tax preparation application that you can use to get an estimate of your return or of what you owe. But it costs $14.99 to e-file your forms using the service. This app is for people filing a 1040-EZ form, and for those who meet the following criteria: Income of $80,000 or less ($100K if married), income only from W-2s, or unemployment, no dependents, and no home or real estate ownership.

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This app also requires that you’re running iOS version 4.1 or above on your iPhone. If your taxes are simple and you still haven’t filed, this is a quick and easy to way to do so. You simply snap a photo of your W-2, fill out the information, review it, and e-file securely. Most reviews of this app are favorable.


TaxCaster is another tax preparation application for with simple tax needs. TaxCaster is not a file claim application. In the words of the developers, it helps “you get a ballpark estimate of your tax forecast,” so that you know what you will owe or what you might get in return.


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The user interface of TaxCaster is visually oriented and it provides a simple way to enter income and deduction information. Most reviews of this app are favorable, and users claim the estimates are pretty accurate. If you haven’t filed your return yet, TaxCaster might be a handy resource.


The Internal Revenue Service has put out its own tax return application, so you can check the status of your refund from the official source. This app is not for e-filing forms.

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You can also get the same refund status by visiting IRS’s Refund Status page. And if you’re a Twitter user, do a Twitter search for “IRSnews” to get the latest updates on tax related information.

Tax Central [No Longer Available]

One of the leading tax preparation companies, H&R Block, has updated its mobile application. You can use this app to check the status of your Federal refund. The app also includes a checklist of items you need to file your taxes, as well as a database of frequently asked questions about tax preparation.

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Even if you don’t use H&R Block’s services, you can use this app for tax estimates, to stay informed of things that could impact your tax situation. Tax Central also has a glossary of tax related terms.


If you’re looking for an online tax preparation and filing service, check out our article on why we prefer using FreeTaxUSA over TurboTax or H&R Block Why I Use FreeTaxUSA Instead of TurboTax or H&R Block to File Taxes The right tax software can make tax filing a breeze. Here's why FreeTaxUSA might be the best tax filing software for you. Read More .

Please share other free and useful online tax related resources you know about.

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  1. Chris Mathews
    April 4, 2011 at 8:55 pm


    Yeah, the District of Columbia and hence the IRS celebrates Emancipation Day which falls on Friday the 15th this year.

    Also I realize the focus of the article isn't the filing date. The apps covered are pretty neat. If only they offered money to help pay the taxes we'd be set.

    • Bakari
      April 5, 2011 at 2:41 pm

      Exactly! Thanks for your feedback.

  2. Chris Mathews
    April 4, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Actually the deadline for taxes this year is April 18th

    • Bakari
      April 4, 2011 at 8:00 pm

      Thanks, Chris, I didn’t know that.