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TechBits: SnapTax is enticing for those with the simplest tax needs

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Taxes in 10 minutes, but don’t procrastinate

Taxes in 10 minutes? That’s the promise of SnapTax, an app from Intuit that lets users take a smartphone photo of their W-2 and fill in the paperwork from there. It’s an enticing promise for those with the simplest tax needs, but there are a few things to note before deciding you can use this tool to put off your taxes until the night of April 14.

For one, as with many photo-recognition features, the photo-to-text transfer isn’t perfect. It works surprisingly well — and you can input your info by keyboard, too — but you will likely have to make corrections, which are significant given that these are tax forms. Check them carefully. This is also an app for the simplest filers, so it’s probably not the best tool if you have a side business or contracting work to note on your forms. Finally, while the app is free to use, actually filing taxes will cost $25 deducted from your iTunes or Google Play account. Free, for iOS devices, Android devices and Amazon devices.

— Hayley Tsukayama

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