The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has entered the mobile age with Android and iPhone applications that allow taxpayers to check refunds and get new information.
Released on Monday, the IRS2Go application can be found and downloaded for free on the Apple App Store or Android Marketplace.
“This new smart phone app reflects our commitment to modernizing the agency and engaging taxpayers where they want when they want it,” stated IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman in a press release. “As technology evolves and younger taxpayers get their information in new ways, we will keep innovating to make it easy for all taxpayers to access helpful information.”
The IRS joined the social media revolution in 2009 with a YouTube page, began using Twitter last year, and they even put out a tax tips podcast.
The new mobile app, which is one of only a handful put out by the federal government, promises to a safe and secure way to help taxpayers.
The main feature of the first release of the IRS2Go app allows taxpayers to check the status of their tax filing by entering a Social Security number, which they say is heavily encrypted for taxpayer protection, their filing status, and the amount they expect to receive in their tax return. Another feature of the app simply allows users to enter their email address to receive daily tax tips in their inbox.
Taxpayers that e-file should be able to check on the status of their return with IRS2Go 72 hours after they receive their confirmation email