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6 Online Tools and Apps to Help You Go Paperless for Tax Season

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

1099s, receipts, bank statements, tax deductions, and medical spending are just some of the documents that a family needs to pull together come tax time. The sheer amount of paper can be overwhelming but free online tools that have accompanying apps can assist with tracking expenses, storing copies of important documents safely, and capturing expenditures so you can throw away receipts.

Tax season doesn’t have to be daunting if you are good about keeping track of expenses throughout the year. Streamline your taxes by going paperless with these six helpful tools, which can be accessed through apps for your iPhone, iPad, or Android device and also on the Web.

Mint If you’re a family that struggles with budgeting or likes to account for every penny spent, Mint helps pull together your bank accounts so you can view all of your financial information at the same time. Take a look at balances and transactions on the web or on your smartphone to get a big picture view of your family’s finances.

Expensify— Technically designed to assist with expense reports, Expensify can also be used to organize a freelancer or consultant’s business expenses and helps eliminate endless receipts. Start by logging into the website to create an account and then download the mobile app to use Expensify to capture and upload receipts. Use your smartphone’s camera feature to take a picture of your receipt, fill in information such as expenditure category, add some notes, and save it in a report that can be viewed online at a later date.

SliceSlice works with your email inbox to pull information from your e-receipts and organize them all in a single, easy-to-access record of past purchases. Slice keeps a record of online purchases through e-receipts so it can instantly assist you in finding lost or forgotten deductions and receipts such as textbooks, small business expenses, and travel. Slice presents purchases in an easy-to-browse list and stores your receipts so you can print them out or take a screenshot for your records. It also allows you to download and export purchase data to a .csv file.

FreshbooksSmall business owners or consultants who need to keep track of invoices and payments will appreciate the ease of Freshbooks. This cloud accounting service makes billing painless thanks to an easy to use interface. Freshbooks helps business owners create professional invoices and then send, receive, print, and pay them too. For added convenience, Freshbooks integrates with Expensify.

Evernote—  If you’re in need of an organized, paperless tax process for your personal finance documents, Evernote can help. Scan and save documents such as receipts and financial statements, save logins for online accounts, or store contact info for tax professionals and accountants you work with. All information can be organized in a notebook or with a tag before sharing it with your spouse or partner if filing jointly.

Master Lock Vault— With so many online accounts and apps to help reduce the paper associated with tax season, it’s easy to forget each site’s login credentials. Master Lock Vault is a free service that works online through your desktop computer and a mobile app as a way to store and organize important information. It securely stores logins and passwords but also digital copies of your passport, social security card and other confidential data such as debit or PIN card numbers or online credit card account log-in information.

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4 Free iPhone Apps Help Busy Parents

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Technology is a lifesaver for parents looking to streamline management of time and tasks. Juggling work, home, and the kids’ schedules feels like a full time job but these iPhone apps are designed to help busy parents.

KidVuz— How many times are you out shopping for a birthday gift for a tween in your life but have no idea if the item you’re looking at is something they’ll like? KidVuz is a free app that features real reviews by tweens who share their honest thoughts about products, books, movies, and more. The video reviews used to just be available through the KidVuz website but is now a mobile app ensuring that parents everywhere will pick the perfect gift to suit the pickiest tween.

Cozi Cozi is a free tool that organizes your family calendar, to-do lists, reminders, and shopping lists all in one place. Sign up on Cozi.com, then manage your account wherever you go using your iPhone.

Mint— Whether you want to regain control over your household budget or just want to know exactly where all of your money is going, Mint provides up-to-date information about your accounts in real time. Check your budgets and edit info on the app and it updates immedidately. Enter cash or pending transactions in the app right at the time purchase and instantly see your available bank and credit balances.

RingyaThis app allows you to get rid of paper lists and rosters by uploading them to your phone and creating contextualized groups or “rings.”  Create a ring for each after school activity, child’s class, work groups, and personal groups by taking a photo of a contact list or email digital contact lists in PDF or spreadsheet form to rings@ringya.com. The app transforms the lists into a digital “Rings” to provide contextual calling to help eliminate the embarrassing “who is this” when an unfamiliar name or number comes through your phone. Ringya helps provide a context for how I know the individual by displaying “Tim Johnson’s mom from Little League” when a call comes through.

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