Filing tax returns via smartphones, iPads

10:54 PM, Feb 21, 2012   |    comments
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ATLANTA (WXIA) -- This tax season, many taxpayers are moving away from tax forms and booklets, and moving to smartphones and iPads for filing.

Apps are available for both types of technology to allow people to pay their taxes with them.

Intuit's Turbo Tax and H&R Block's at Home product are both free to download and install.

With Turbo Tax, taxpayers will be charged to file federal and state returns, while on H&R Block at Home, taxpayers can file for free through the end of February.

Taxpayers are cautioned against filing their taxes in a public place, or on an unsecure network.

"Using the iPad, if somebody really wants what I have they are going to take it anyway. It doesn't bother me. It's the convenience, convenience of use. Everything on one small iPad. I think it's great," said taxpayer Kym Jenkins, who now files his returns on his home computer.

"I think it's great if you have single tax returns to file. If you have a more complicated situation I would rather trust it to an accountant," said John Holly. Holly traditionally files a paper tax return.

Georgia State personal finance professor Conrad Ciccotello suggests those with concerns about the new technology might want to avoid filing with smartphones or tablets, at least for this year.

"If you are comfortable with the new technology and you understand your taxes you want to consider it, but it's a new approach so the security is something that is not established yet, so if you are not certain about it, use a more traditional method," Ciccotello said.

Those who wish to forge ahead are advised to make sure their security is up to date, and to back up everything before filing.

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