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Continued: Short Circuits: 'Transylvania'; on video; better gadget bag; tax app

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Don’t procrastinate

Taxes in 10 minutes? That’s the promise of SnapTax, a free app from Intuit for most devices that lets users take a smartphone photo of their W-2 and fill in the paperwork from there. It’s an enticing promise for those with the simplest tax needs, but there are a few things to note before deciding you can use this tool to put off your taxes until the night of April 14.

For one, as with many photo-recognition features, the photo-to-text transfer isn’t perfect. It works surprisingly well — and you can input your info by keyboard, too — but you will likely have to make corrections, which are significant given that these are tax forms. Check them carefully. This is also an app for the simplest of files, so it’s probably not the best tool if you have a side business or contracting work to note on your forms.

Finally, while the app is free to use, actually filing taxes will cost $25 deducted from your iTunes or Google Play account.

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  • This year, filers with simple returns can fill out and file their taxes by using their iPhones or Android phones. The program, SnapTax by TurboTax, is available for 1040EZ filers. It’s free to download, but costs $14.99, including e-filing for a federal and state tax return. Photo credit: David Denney/Star Tribune •

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