7 Tech tools to shave tax-prep time

Source: Shutterstock.

Source: Shutterstock

Have you started your taxes yet?

My desk has two big “tax prep” folders on it right now. One contains the W-2s, 1099s and other tax forms I’ve received in the mail over the past few weeks. The other, sad to say, is stuffed full of credit card statements, receipts and other documentation for deductible expenses that I have to sort through. Eventually. Sometime before April 15, anyway.

I’m not alone. Tax prep takes 13 hours on average, according to the IRS. Much of that is getting everything together.

But it doesn’t need to take that much of your time. There are plenty of cool apps and other tech tax tools that can help you plan better year round to keep the sorting and tallying to a minimum come tax time. A few of our experts’ picks: Shoeboxed, MileBug and Sliced Shopping. (Yes, shopping, if you can believe it.)

To read the full list of picks at CNBC.com, click here.

But if you’re going to keep personal financial information on your phone, it’s important to keep it safe. Some tricks, below: