IRS Goes High Tech: Are You Connected?

Joe Popp | February 18th, 2011

Taxpayers can now check the status of their IRS refund on their smart phone. The IRS has unveiled IRS2Go, a smart phone application, and also announced a news feed on the social media platform Twitter. The new communication channels are two of a growing list of ways the agency is working to communicate with taxpayers.

IRS2Go is available for both Apple iPhone and Android phone users through the Apple App Store and the Android Marketplace. The agency noted the mobile app offers taxpayers a convenient way to check the status of their tax refund and obtain helpful tax information.

In order to check your 2010 refund status, the app will request the taxpayer’s Social Security number (which is masked and encrypted for security purposes), the filing status used on the tax return, and the exact amount of the 2010 refund as shown on the tax return you filed.  For taxpayers who e-file, the refund function on the phone app will work within about 72 hours after the IRS processes the return.  The IRS noted about 70 percent of the 142 million individual tax returns filed last year were filed electronically.

The agency will also tweet the latest federal tax news and information through a new Twitter news feed, @IRSnews. The IRS will tweet such information as important tax law changes and IRS programs.   

Last year, the IRS began using YouTube video channels to provide short, informative videos on tax-related topics in English, American Sign Language and a variety of foreign languages. The agency also produces audio podcasts that are distributed on iTunes.

In addition, taxpayers can also sign up via the app to receive daily tax tips via email.  These tips and reminders are provided daily during the filing season and periodically during the rest of the year and cover a wide variety of tax topics in easy to understand language.

To learn more, visit the IRS web site at www.irs.gov.

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