WHAT’S HAPPENING: The tax deadline is almost here

WHY IT MATTERS: If you don’t file by April 18, you could get in trouble with the IRS

Filing taxes is often stressful, especially if you leave it to the last minute. But thanks to technology it can also be more straightforward than ever. We’ve found three apps that are simple and intuitive and allow you to file your taxes from your smartphone instead of racing to the post office.

Check out MyBlock, TaxSlayer and CreditKarma.

Bonus: Want to lower your tax bill next year? Boost your retirement contributions. Every pre-tax dollar you save towards a retirement account shaves a dollar off of your taxable income. That means more money in your pocket later and less in Uncle Sam’s now.