The Internal Revenue Service released its first smartphone app, called IRS2Go, which allows taxpayers to stay updated on their tax refund status and get helpful tax information.
With the free IRS2Go app, tax filers will be able to check the status of their federal refund with their smartphones, which have been constant companions of the younger generations. “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”, said IRS Commissioner Dough Shulman.
Features of IRS2Go
To check their tax refund status, taxpayers will need to enter the same information required for the IRS “Where’s My Refund?” tool: a Social Security Number, the filing status, and the exact amount of the refund for their 2010 tax return.
Taxpayers who e-filed their tax returns should be able to check up on their federal tax refund within 72 hours of the IRS receiving their returns. For taxpayers who filed a paper return, it may take three to four weeks for the status to show up.
App users can also subscribe to daily tax tips that are automatically sent to their e-mail address. Finally, the app offer users the opportunity to follow the IRS on Twitter along with the agency’s contact information.
Download the Free IRS2Go App
Apple users can download the free IRS2Go app by visiting the iTunes app store. If you are an Android user, visit the Android Marketplace to download the free IRS2Go app.
Is there a need to keep the IRS2Go app year-round? Most taxpayers who are smartphone users probably won’t save the app on their devices unless they really want to stay on top of their taxes. The app will surely make it much easier to check on the status of refund checks. If identity theft is a concern, the IRS reassures that the Social Security numbers entered are masked and encrypted to keep that information safe.
If you don’t have own an Apple or Android Device, there are traditional methods to check your tax refund status.