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10 Useful Tax Day Apps for Your Smartphone

        Money | Taxes


TurboTax has a loyal following, thanks in part to its cleanly designed interface and simple language. There are a number of apps out there designed to help you check your refund status, but the MyTaxRefund app from TurboTax has several features that sets it apart. The app is free for iPhone, iPad and Android phones and can help you check the status of your federal and state filings whether you're a TurboTax user or not.

After you enter some basic information, the app can tell you whether your federal and state tax returns have been accepted, rejected or are still pending. Pending could mean a lot of things, most likely that you are checking too early. But "rejected" is cause for concern. Many tax returns "bounce back" from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) because of a typo like a misspelled name, Social Security number or taxpayer identification number (TIN). The app can walk you through the process for contacting the IRS to amend your return [source: TurboTax].

But perhaps the most-used feature of the app is to estimate the arrival date of your refund check. Again, this isn't an exact science, but the app uses average IRS processing times to predict arrival dates for either refund checks or direct deposit.