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It’s That Time of the Year: More Tax Apps Hit the Market

Intuit, which already has an iPhone app for filing the simplest of tax returns, this week introduced an iPad version of TurboTax capable of handling more complex returns.

“TurboTax is the first and only app that lets taxpayers prepare and e-file their federal and state tax returns using only an iPad,” Intuit said in a blog post. “So now you can tap, tap, tap your way to a refund.”

No word on what happens if you swipe.

TurboTax for iPad hopes to follow in the footsteps of Intuit’s SnapTax for iPhone which had more than 350,000 downloads in its first two weeks on the market.

Separately, H&R Block announced a deal with online finance service Pageonce on Monday that will allow its do-it-yourself tax filers to check the status of their refunds from within the Pageonce mobile app. The company noted that the IRS offers similar data on its Web site, but said that site is updated less frequently and that it takes at least 72 hours before that info shows up on the government site. Intuit also has a refund-tracking app called MyTaxRefund.

The IRS even has an app of its own. IRS2Go, for both Android and iPhone, lets users track refund status and get other information straight from Uncle Sam.

Despite the proliferation of tax apps, the Mobilized household is headed to a real-life accountant this week to prepare our taxes. But if we get a refund, we just might spend it on an iPad 2.

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