More Tax Filers Turn To Mobile This Tax Season

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (March 29, 2016) — From stacks of paperwork to complicated forms, tax preparation offers little to get excited about. Fortunately, modern tax filers can take advantage of smartphones and today’s top-rated apps to make the process faster and easier, as well as more secure. In fact, according to the IRS, nearly 126 million taxpayers e-filed their taxes in 2015.

Early-filers and procrastinators alike are catching onto newer ways to handle their financial matters, including their taxes. According to a recent U.S. Cellular survey¹, 59 percent of smartphone users have used their phone to manage their finances, up from 47 percent in 2014.

“April is right around the corner, and more people than ever are turning to smartphones and tablets to file their taxes,” said Nathan Waddell, director of sales for U.S. Cellular’s the Mid-Atlantic, “With today’s mobile devices, top-rated apps and a nationwide network that works when and where you need it, taxpayers can file their taxes safely and quickly.”

To stay on top of deductions, estimate payments and monitor filings, U.S. Cellular recommends the following tools for mobile device users:

TurboTax: The free TurboTax mobile app helps users get their taxes done right anytime, anywhere. Filers take a picture of their W-2, answer a few simple questions and e-file securely, whether at home or at the local coffee shop. New features to the app this year include touch ID and pin, live on-screen video help with SmartLook and ExplainWhy™, a feature that explains the “whys” behind users tax refund.

IRS2Go: The official mobile app of the Internal Revenue Service allows users to check their refund status, make a payment, find free tax preparation assistance, and sign up for helpful tax tips.

MyBlock: Backed by the tax professionals at H&R Block, this app helps users quickly estimate their tax refund, update documents to send to their tax professional, access their previous tax returns, check the status of their federal refund and more.

TaxACT Express: By answering a few simple questions, users can prepare and e-file their federal and state tax returns for free with the TaxACT Express app. Mobile device users can receive notifications when the IRS and state have processed their returns, track the status of their refund and file extensions.

Expensify: Now filers can stay ahead of the game for next year’s tax season by downloading the Expensify app today. This app allows users to keep track of their receipts, time or mileage, and business travel. It also creates expense reports quickly and easily. Expensify will let users import their credit card transactions and automatically creates an IRS guaranteed eReceipt for all purchases under $75.

¹ Between Nov. 12-21, 2015, a total of 735 online interviews were conducted among a nationally representative sample by Consumer Insights, in partnership with Maritz CX. 
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