TurboTax (http://www.intuit.com) has announced a new app designed and optimized specifically for mobile users of the iPad.

The new TurboTax app gives users the freedom to work on their taxes anytime and anywhere, even when they’re on the go, according to Todd Stanley, vice president of product management & development for TurboTax. The app lets users choose whether to work in landscape or portrait view and guides consumers step-by-step through their return.

Customers can e-file their return directly from the iPad. After filing, they can check the status of their federal tax refund, based on Internal Revenue Service projections, with the TurboTax MyTaxRefund iPad app.

Taxpayers can download the mobile app for free from the Apple App store and pay when they’re done. Customers begin in TurboTax Deluxe, for US$29.99, and based on their tax situation, choose TurboTax Premier or TurboTax Home & Business for an additional cost. State tax preparation is additional. All pricing is subject to change and includes e-file at no additional cost.