IRS keeps tabs on refund status through app for iPhones, Androids

There's an IRS app for that

On the lookout for your tax refund check? There’s an app for that.

IRS2Go is a free smart-phone application launched Jan. 24 by the Treasury Department for iPhone and Android mobile devices. It safely tracks the status of a taxpayer's refund and provides tips, such as information on tax credits, from Uncle Sam, reports the Associated Press. However, taxes can’t be filed via the app.

It’s an effort to make the IRS more accessible to taxpayers, IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman told the AP. 

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To check refund status, users enter their Social Security number, filing status and an estimation of the refund amount, according to the New York Times. The data is encrypted and masked for security purposes. 

Online filers can check refund status 72 hours after they receive a confirmation e-mail message from the IRS. Those who file paper returns must wait up to four weeks.

The app can be downloaded at the iTunes app store or Android Marketplace. For those without smart phones, IRS videos can be found on YouTube and taxpayers can follow the agency’s Twitter news feed @IRSnews.

The app is a welcome extra for the 100 million individual tax payers who file electronically, reports the Personal Finance Bulletin.

About 70 percent of American tax filers do so with eFile or other electronic means, according to the Bulletin.

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Alysha Sideman is the online content producer for Washington Technology.


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