NEW YORK (MainStreet) —I did my taxes the other afternoon while waiting for the Red Line in Chicago. It took about five minutes, but to be fair that’s mostly because my phone is old and gets bad service.
Welcome to the world with SnapTax, the Android and i0s app from TurboTax. Now at crunch time, there are a few quick-fix apps out there, but if you have a relatively simple return to file, you might stick with SnapTax.
I’ll be honest, before reviewing this app, I’d never considered doing my taxes on a smartphone. Doing everything else, sure, but taxes have always been something I save for Saturday afternoon, a sputtering calculator and a bottle of dark liquor to ease the pain. To my surprise, though, the platform turned out to be a natural fit.
“People are using their mobile smartphones for everything now,” said Ashley McMahon, a spokesperson for TurboTax who released the SnapTax app. “Consumers want to be able to use [them] for everything from shopping to banking and now their taxes.”
SnapTax wants to take advantage of e-filing’s phenomenal success. With this app you can add tax preparation to your list of in-between activities, the things to do while waiting for a train or sitting at lunch. It would be easy to say that scheduling your taxes around your life is a major feature of doing them on a smartphone, and it really is. It’s also, however, an unnecessary one. As I discovered, with SnapTax, that first five minutes is all you need.