Just when you thought a computer tablet such as an iPad was good only for "Words with Friends" or watching YouTube, there comes a more practical use: help with preparing your taxes.
Poring over your forms with a calculator and pencil, and the added frustration, is so 2000. Your tablet and even your smartphone can help you maneuver through the labyrinth that is the tax code. Here are some free apps for both iOS and Android that can help ease the seasonal pain of figuring out what the government's share of your income is:
TurboTax 2012/TurboTax SnapTax • If you're brave enough to delve into doing your own taxes, this is the go-to app. Simply take a picture of your W-2 form with your tablet or smartphone camera, and the app fills in many of the blanks automatically. Then you can go through, step-by-step, to fill in your deductions. The app also allows you to e-file the return for the fastest refund. It's free when you download it and you pay when you're done.