Five Apps That Can Help with Tax Time Blues

Five Apps That Can Help with Tax Time Blues

Mar 9, 2015

It’s tax time!

What? No applause? For those of us that are Stateside, the first quarter of the year is that time when a lot of folks have to file tax returns. The entire period is a mixture of mailed documents, special tax time promotions and (depending on one’s personal circumstances) a lot of angst.

Here are five applications that are tasked with helping people stay on the right side of the IRS:

  • H&R Block 1040EZ: this is a nifty piece of software from a tax preparation veteran that allows one to get simple tax situations, well, situated. The key word here, though, is “simple;” if one is not filing a single/join return, earns a dollar over six figures, owns a home or has kids, this product isn’t rated for him/her/them. For those that fall outside the above categories, the features — like W-2 important, can be enjoyed for $9.99 in-app.
  • TaxACT Express: This is another product from a well-known company, and it is a bit more full-featured than the previous title, in that the interview allows for more complex tax situations. The app allows for tax status notifications too, but be warned: if you start on taxes via the app, it’s best to finish them with the app, as moving operations to a desktop causes one to invoke online pricing.
  • TurboTax Tax Preparation: it’s hard to talk about finances at all without mentioning Intuit, and it’s tax preparation offering is about as full-featured as they come. It packs W-2 OCR functionality, and one can move back and forth from computer to mobile devices across platforms. Still… if one considers it close to a desktop offering, it certainly is priced liked one.
  • IRS2Go: I know the app is from The Man, but hold your horses… this app is actually pretty good for getting information directly from the horse’s mouth. One can check the status of a refund, get assistance, and fimd ways to, uh, connect with the IRS.
  • Liberty Tax App: this one threw us for a loop, and we are happy to pass it forward. It is from Liberty tax service, and it will allow folks to do sundry things like find a local tax preparer, but its unashamed claim to fame is that is is a game. No, seriously… Liberty Loot Arcade game pits Lady Liberty against the presumably unsavory tax Collectors.

Organizy Makes Shopping More Organized

Organizy Makes Shopping More Organized

Feb 25, 2014

Organizy 4

Organizy is a digital shopping list that simplifies grocery shopping. It’s a small app that lets the user to make a list of the groceries by their amount, arranges them by the aisles they can be found in, and presents it in a simple, convenient way. It can be downloaded from here: Organizy on Google Play.

Catch Notes App Review

Catch Notes App Review

Jan 14, 2013

Seeing as I am an inherently disorganized person, finding a way to keep tabs on my life is something that I have been searching for a very long time. I have tried a myriad of solutions for both my smartphone and laptop, but I always have a hard time sticking to one; lack of features and limited connectivity between devices tend to be the problems that frequent my life most often. A big problem is that I run Apple’s OS X on my laptop and have an Android smartphone, obviously two devices that do not play well together. So my solution was to look for something that had a web-based service in addition to their standalone app that anyone could access from wherever they were, no matter the operating system. My searching brought me along a great app company called Catch who has an incredible note-taking app for Android that also syncs to an online web-app.

The app is, fittingly, called Catch Notes and connects though the traditional logins of Twitter and Facebook as well as an optional Catch.com login. After downloading this app, the first thing that I noticed was the simplicity of the styling. Out of all the note apps that I looked at, and I looked at quite a few, this one was by-far-and-away the most attractive and intuitive. The main screen has a list of “spaces” which are basically user-created, pastel colored categories for notes. At the bottom is a small, gray half circle button to add a new note which quickly toggles a wheel to add different kinds of notes. Catch Notes can handle alarms, photos, text, voice, and checklist notes which really make this app incredibly flexible and useful. The add button is persistent throughout the whole app which makes quickly adding notes a cinch and the intuitive interface is a joy to use.

The online web-app is not as tightly styled as its mobile partner, but it is still very functional nonetheless; especially when paired as a shortcut on a desktop which is a great way to quickly add and sync notifications to a computer. It is important to note that Catch does not sync with any existing note app such as Google Notes or Apple’s Reminders, but it does allow sharing of notes and spaces with other Catch.com users. Anyone looking for a great note taking app should look no more because Catch Note is the best, and most attractive, note-taking app for Android that I have ever used.