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Online tax filing: The best last-minute options for hopeless procrastinators

Michael Ansaldo | April 6, 2015
Tax day is a procrastinator's dream. The two-and-a-half months from when you receive your W-2 or 1099 to when you have to file seems like an eternity. But now it's hit you with the urgency of a house on fire.

Mobile filing

Previously, TurboTax offered two separate mobile apps: SnapTax , a smartphone app for the most uncomplicated filings, and TurboTax for iPad, which mirrored the Deluxe edition and higher packages. This year, it has wrapped up everything in a single app that includes the full TurboTax product lineup, so now everyone can use it regardless of the complexity of their return. The ability to move seamlessly between your phone, tablet and PC gives added flexibility for where and when you do your taxes. It's free to download for iOS and Android devices.

H&R Block and TaxAct's mobile offerings are still comparatively limited. The H&R Block 1040EZ Tax App lets you prepare a simple federal and state income tax return, while the H&R Block iPad App allows for more complex returns and lets you move between it and your desktop browser. The same goes for TaxAct's smartphone app, TaxAct eExpress, and its tablet app.

Whichever option you choose, don't put off filing your taxes any longer. The closer you get to tax day, the more procrastinators like you will be flocking to these sites to meet the deadline, potentially creating a logjam. So grab your tax form and your receipts, and get started.


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