April 15 – the deadline for paying your taxes in the US – is upon us. If you have not registered yet, there is no reason to stress. Alexa has the help you need from tax tips for this year to prepare for your return for next year.
There are five ways Alexa can make the taxes a little easier.
If you do not know any deductible from your dependents, do not worry. Alexa has several tax tips to keep you up-to-date on how to properly file your taxes.
One of the better skills is the tax assistant. You can ask any tax question you may have and get a helpful answer. Many other skills tend to provide you with random facts, which is not really helpful if you have a specific question.
Let Alexa do the calculations
Alexa has a built-in calculator. So you can ask them to calculate the numbers while you fill out your tax return. It can subtract, multiply, add, and divide (though fractions tend to confuse them).
For example, if you deduct expenses from your income, you can say, "Alexa, what's 95,000 minus 5,000?" Remember to keep the numbers clear, or you may receive the wrong answer.
Track your spend
You must record your business expenses if you want to use them as depreciation. This can be very painful if you tend to just write things in a notebook or put receipts in a shoebox. There is a much simpler solution.
Alexa can track your costs using the "Daily Expense" scale. The skill keeps a running list of your expenses and sends you a daily, weekly, and monthly report by email. You can submit your reports until the tax season. You still have to keep your receipts, but at least all the information is recorded properly and you do not have to dig.
Check your refund
If you submit your taxes to TurboTax, you can do so Check the status and when you receive your refund with the TurboTax capability.
Just ask, "Alexa, what's the status of my refund" or "Alexa, where's my refund" if you're curious.
Get help for self-employment
For those of us who are self-employed, doing tax can be difficult. The tax tips with Tyler McBroom were created by a CPA to give tips especially for those who work for themselves through flash briefings.
These tips can help you better manage your taxes throughout the year, which is especially helpful if you pay taxes quarterly.