Most of us dread tax preparation time, filled with stacks of paperwork, looming deadlines and complicated forms. But today's smartphones, tablets and apps simplify this chore, allowing us to complete, file and manage our 2012 tax return more quickly, easily and conveniently than ever before.
“Mobile devices can help you get answers to your tax questions, file your return and track your refund from anywhere,” said Joe Cabrera, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in Washington and Oregon.“The process is even quicker on the 4G LTE network, which has data speeds that are up to 10 times faster than 3G.”
U.S. Cellular recommends the following apps to help streamline your tax preparation process this year:
• The IRS’s IRS2Go app allows you to access tax planning and preparation tips, or connect to the IRS via YouTube, Twitter and Facebook for updated information on tax law changes, initiatives, products and services. Additionally, you can track your tax refund through this secure system.
• The TurboTax app provides clear, step-by-step instructions, allowing users to easily complete and file their tax returns and maximize their refunds. Use the camera on your mobile device to take a picture of, and submit, your W2 form. This app offers special guidance for first time users, plus a "Life Change Expert" section for people who experienced major changes that will impact their taxes this year, like a new marriage, baby or home.
• TaxAct Central makes it fast and easy to complete, file and track your taxes. It features a handy checklist to help you efficiently gather necessary information, a Help Center to answer any of your tax-related questions, a calendar with deadlines for annual, quarterly and monthly filing, and daily tips about a variety of tax issues.
• MyTaxRefund by TurboTax tracks what you're most concerned about - your refund. Use this free app to monitor the status of your federal and state returns, and see whether they're pending, accepted, or rejected. You can also track the timing of your refund, so you have a better idea when your check or direct deposit will arrive.
All of these apps are available for free download in Google Play on any Android-powered device, such as the 4G LTE Samsung Galaxy S® III or Samsung Galaxy Note® II.
4G LTE service provided through King Street Wireless, a partner of U.S. Cellular. LTE is a trademark of ETSI.
About U.S. Cellular
U.S. Cellular rewards its customers with unmatched benefits and industry-leading innovations designed to elevate the customer experience. The Chicago-based carrier has a strong line-up of cutting-edge devices that are all backed by its high-speed nationwide network that has the highest call quality of any national carrier. Currently, 58 percent of customers have access to 4G LTE speeds and 87 percent will have access by the end of 2013. U.S. Cellular was named a J.D. Power and Associates Customer Service Champion in 2012 for the second year in a row. To learn more about U.S. Cellular, visit one of its retail stores or uscellular.com
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