5 apps to help prepare your small business for tax season

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As we spring forward, small business owners are bracing themselves for tax season.

While the approaching deadline sometimes creates feelings of distress and pressure, the digital age has helped ease the filing process. These five apps can help you get organized before time runs out this year and help you prepare for next. Remember that deadlines may vary depending on your business so be sure to check out the CRA website and file early!

Smart Receipts – In hindsight, you’re probably wishing hadn’t let your expense receipts pile up all year. In 2013, consider choosing Smart Receipts (Free, Android) to help you stay ahead. This app tracks receipt data and allows you to generate both PDF and CSV reports that can be shared with your email accounts.

Tax Receipts Shoebox – Similar to Smart Receipts, Tax Receipts Shoebox ($2.99, BlackBerry) creates electronic versions of receipts to make expense reports a breeze. It also has features for tracking billable work using your BlackBerry contacts.

PwC Tax Rates – Tax rates change. That isn’t new. What is new is getting them on the go, so you can save time investigating current rates. PwC Tax Rates (Free, BlackBerry, iOS) puts the latest provincial and federal corporate and personal tax rates at your fingertips.

KPMG Tax Hub Canada App – KPMG’s new Tax Hub Canada App (Free, iOS, BlackBerry) provides timely news and facts to help you adapt, plan and respond quickly to tax changes—helping you gain a competitive edge. The app highlights breaking tax news, articles, newsletters, the latest tax rate tables, as well as tax facts and figures.

H&R Block –H&R Block has been in the tax business for more than 50 years. The company’s app (Free, Android, iOS) has a new feature that allows you to upload your documents and send them to your tax pro. What more could you ask for? (Aside from your own personal tax pro, of course.)

What apps help you stay organized for tax season and beyond?

Chris is a regular contributor to RedBoard Biz

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