How can you use your mobile device this tax season in your favor?

Yes, tax season is approaching and yes, tax season can be a stressful time. Gold Standard Tax & Accounting takes a lot of that stress away for you. Here are some helpful tips on how your can use your smart phone to lessen that stress, too. 

Find out when you get your refund

The best time of tax season is when you get your refund, right? Did you know you can actually get the IRS official app right on your phone to exactly when you get that refund back?  “Where’s My Refund?” ‎on and the IRS2Go phone app will be updated with projected deposit dates for early EITC and ACTC refund filers a few days after Feb. 15. You as a taxpayer can see a refund date on
“Where’s My Refund?” ‎or through the IRS2Go app packages then. The IRS, taximg_5794 preparers and tax software will not have additional information on refund dates, so Where’s My Refund? remains the best way to check the status of a refund. You can also use this app to get updates on the
latest tax news, order tax return transcripts, or contact the IRS. Oh, and did we mention, the app is free

How to use the IRS2Go app:

  1. Download the app directly to your smart phone by searching “IRS2Go” in your application store. Downloading, again, is free. 
  2. Insert your personal information that is immediately promoted after opening the app. 
  3. Click “get status”
  4. That’s it! 

 Track your deductible mileage 

What if you are using your own car to travel to clients, get to a work space and run errands for your business? You can deduct the costs associated with these trips. You just need to keep record of your business miles according to the standard mileage rates established by the IRS. You could also keep records of all your actual expenses and deduct a percentage based on business versus personal use of your vehicle. Again, there’s an app for that. Download a mileage tracker, like the Quickbooks Self-Employed Mile Tracker, right to your phone. There are quite a few out others there that you can also download for free, like Mile IQ and Mileage Expense Log (MEL). 

Use your phone to contact us

Yes, this one may seem a bit obvious. But using your phone to contact Gold Standard Tax & Accounting, whether it be by checking us out on Instagram, looking at our website, or even a traditional phone call, is very helpful. And we are happy to help. 

Mobile phones are a powerful tool: use them to gain some power over your tax situation this season.