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Posted by on Jun 11, 2010 in Uncategorized | 3 comments

Four Online Tools to Make Quarterly Estimated Taxes Easier

With June 15 just around the corner, many of you are starting to think about—and perhaps dread—filing your quarterly estimated tax payments. While QETs can be a nightmare for overworked and unorganized small business owners and self-employed individuals, there are many online tools available to make the process easier, faster and headache-free.

Here’s how they work:

Teaspiller for Tax Advice
For those looking for tax experts and QET advice there is Teaspiller, a service that allows users to ask tax questions, upload tax data and have their taxes filed by an expert, all online. The service is integrated with Shoeboxed and other tax applications, making it easy to get financial information to a Teaspiller tax expert.

Shoeboxed.com for Receipts and Expenses
Shoeboxed makes keeping track of expenses and deductions a breeze. With Shoeboxed, gone are the days of spreadsheets and boxes full of wrinkled receipts. Users simply mail their receipts to the company, and the tedious process of scanning and data entering receipt information is done for them. Data is then made available to users via the Shoeboxed web application. And for those who want to keep track of their expenses on the go, Shoeboxed Mobile and the Shoeboxed iPhone app allow users to take pictures of receipts with their phones and send them to the company for data entry.

FreshBooks for Invoices
Of course tracking expenses is only part of the organization battle. FreshBooks allows users to create professional invoices and track how much has been billed and how much is outstanding. And thanks to an integration with Shoeboxed, FreshBooks automatically pulls receipts if users need to bill clients for expenses. Paid invoices can then be easily exported to Outright.com where income is automatically tracked.

Outright.com for Bookkeeping
Outright.com is a free bookkeeping app that, integrated with Shoeboxed and FreshBooks as well as credit cards, PayPal, and other services, automates your accounting. Users can monitor the progress of their businesses, prepare financial statements and automatically populate Schedule C tax forms at the end of the year. Need help with the June 15th obligation? Outright.com calculates the estimated tax you owe, so you know exactly what to pay, while helpful alerts keep you apprised of all your other tax deadlines.

Meet Sonny Byrd


Sonny is a former rock star who has served as Shoeboxed's Head of Marketing since 2009. After touring the US with his band of 3 years, he left the spotlight to focus on building Shoeboxed's marketing channels and growing the big blue Shoeboxed brand. He loves to write, cook, produce beats and electronic music, and most of all, to introduce unorganized independent business folks to Shoeboxed, the easiest and most cost effective organizational business tool in the world.

  • http://entrepreneurs.outright.com Jennifer @ Outright

    Thanks for the shoutout to Outright.com, Sonny! I hadn’t heard of Teaspiller before, either, and will definitely have to check them out.

  • Sonny Byrd

    Great people over at Teaspiller. We have enjoyed working with them and getting to know them! Thanks Jenn!

  • http://www.preation.com Aaron Houghton

    Thanks for the pointers Sonny. I like the way your product fits into billing, accounting, and tax management systems. You all are doing a good job of seaming it all together. I just put a note on our blog to let our customers know about these tools (http://blog.preation.com/2010/06/14/four-web-tools-that-make-taxes-easy/).