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Geez! An App To Do Your Taxes Now ?!?

January 14, 2011

Today, Intuit’s TurboTax will release SnapTax, a new mobile application that allows taxpayers who file a 1040EZ to prepare and file their federal and state income taxes on their smartphones. You can download the app for free, but will have to pay $14.99 to file the tax returns.

ENOUGH! I’m not sure if the idea of using a phone to file your taxes or the phone itself irritates me more. It is not going to be a surprise to you when I say that I feel you should go to a professional to file your taxes; not your parents, not your self-employed “tile layer” brother (who feels he has his own business and can do it all),  not your sister who took 3 accounting classes at community college, not the non-profit (they usually are not professional tax practitioners) that shows up at your church to do the parishioners a favor who need to pay little to none for tax services. You need to use a tax professional. My experience has been that people do not like to deal with taxes, finances, money and most don’t like going to the dentist either. Because of these financial phobias we seek comfort in the easiest ways to get it done. And often times when we just want to get it done, we miss things (those things are credits and deductions, ways to save you money!) AND we make mistakes. Tax work is not easy and tax codes are always changing. Our jobs as tax professionals is to interpret, analyze and do your taxes as efficiently as possible, ALWAYS keeping in mind your best financial interests. The idea that someone would use a smartphone to do a tax return is similar to delivering a baby over Skype. ENOUGH with the clever technology that takes us away from the basic responsibilities you have to yourself for your financial life. Natalie has a blog coming out this sunday called Money 101 that references the need to learn the basics early in school (life) so we know what we are doing financially as we walk through our lives.

Okay I’m calm now. Let’s use the phone to make a call. Let’s use a tax professional to prepare our taxes. At Gunwel Tax & Bookkeeping we understand all that is necessary to prepare your taxes. You work hard for your money, let Gunwel work smart to help you keep it. Give us a call today at 212-979-6830 or stop by for a visit. See you soon!

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