January 30, 2012 : Teresa L. Clark - Corporate Communications
Free Filing Through February with New H&R Block Mobile Apps
“Through the end of February, H&R Block is offering an entirely free federal 1040EZ and state tax return using our smartphone mobile filing app. That’s a great offer that’s tough to beat,” said Jason Houseworth, president of digital tax solutions at H&R Block.
Watch the app in action to see how easy it can be to file your tax returns. There are really just these four steps:
- Download the app
- Take a picture of your W-2 (using your smartphone, of course) and the app will securely scan, import and encrypt your information
- Get your results
- Tap “Submit.”
Before and after you file, the app can help you with your taxes by scheduling an appointment with a tax professional, answering tax questions and estimating taxes owed. No matter how you prepare your taxes, you can use the free H&R Block Mobile app to check the status of your tax refund.
To file for free through February using the H&R Block Mobile app, you must be eligible to file Form 1040EZ. Generally, a 1040EZ filer is a taxpayer filing as single or married filing jointly who does not pay mortgage interest, has no dependents and earned less than $100,000. The Earned Income Tax Credit is the only tax credit that can be claimed on Form 1040EZ.
Filers with more complex tax returns can complete a federal 1040 or 1040A form with the iPad tablet app for free all season. Form 1040A accommodates dependent exemptions, pension income and education credits. Form 1040, “the long form,” may be used for any income level, self-employment income and all other types of income, itemized deductions and all tax credits.
With all of its tax prep methods, H&R Block guarantees free audit support, free audit representation, accurate calculations and the maximum tax refund to which the taxpayer is entitled. Using H&R Block’s new app, in the time it can take you to update your Facebook status, and check your ex’s status and the status of the friends you have “hidden,” you could probably do your taxes. The choice is yours.