Death and taxes and early termination fees: the bane of civilized man. At least one of those has gotten easier in the last few years for US taxpayers thanks to tax preparation software, and this weekend, you won’t even have to pay for it. TurboTax is offering free 1040 EZ returns on Android devices between March 30th (today) and April 1st (Sunday). That’s a steal as long as you’ve got a pretty standard salary or hourly income – the normal state and federal filing through TurboTax costs $67.

There’ just one catch: the free offer only applies to the tablet version of TurboTax 2011 for Android. This one right here. You can download a similar app on the Kindle Fire, but smartphone users (and presumably those who are using Gingerbread tablets with legitimate or hacked access to the Google Play Store) are out of luck. Now there’s a value proposition for Honeycomb. The tablet version is designed to mirror the TurboTax website, something that isn’t really possible on a smartphone. Check the video below.

TurboTax for Android can’t help you if you’ve got more complex tax needs, such as freelance workers or small business owners. It also doesn’t connect with an existing application if you’ve already started on the TurboTax website. But for the standard income/dependent/deduction calculation, it seems like a fast and easy way to file. Grab your 1040 and your Android tablet sometime this weekend and get the yearly chore out of the way.

[via LaptopMag]


  1. Michael,

    Actually the version of TurboTax for Android tablets will support all tax filing needs. It is the Full version of TurboTax that you would use on your desktop or online. Turbotax for Android will offer you the chance to upgrade to Home & Business or Premier if your tax situation requires it.

    And if you are offered an upgrade, it will still be Free if you started the return during March 30th & April 1st.Thanks for the write up.


  2.  I used to think that the iPad was better than the Kindle Fire. But I realised I was wrong after visiting a site. This site has helped me loads and it is the reason why I currently own a Kindle Fire and not an iPad. The site is :

  3. Colleen from TurboTax here.  Just want to clarify the offer is for the app for TurboTax Android tablets, including Kindle Fire, which starts you in Deluxe. Based on your tax needs you can upgrade to Premier or Home & Business.  All versions are free if you start a return between 3/30-4/1.  Not just for a 1040EZ and not for the phone app (called SnapTax).  Thanks.


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