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Check Your Federal Tax Refund With Your Phone

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Although the tax code is mired with decades-old rules, fixed up with temporary bandages every year, and convoluted, the IRS is still able to produce something fresh, modern, and simple. Today, the government agency released its free application for iPhone and Android phones, IRS2Go. The app simplifies the process of checking the status of your tax refund.

The app accesses a mobile version of the IRS website. By entering your Social Security number, filing status, and your refund amount in exact, whole dollars, the IRS will find your information in its database and let you know, if possible, when to expect your refund. The information is transmitted over a secure, encrypted connection, just like the “Where’s My Refund” website.

In addition to checking your refund status, the mobile app provides options for enrolling in the IRS tax updates email newsletter, which contains tips and the latest news daily during the tax-filing season and periodically during the rest of the year. The app includes a link to the @IRSnews Twitter account, which you can follow for factoids and tips about tax. For those who wish to speak to an IRS customer service representative, the app includes functions that allow you to call the correct IRS number by touching just one button on the screen.

The IRS2Go app is free in the Apple App Store and in the Android Market.

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avatar krantcents

This is great! I guess everything is going mobile.

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avatar Well Heeled Blog

I wonder about the security aspects of putting my SSN onto an app. Even though they say it’s encrypted, I can’t but help imagine a crack in the system. I suppose it’s no different than entering your SSN in a computer though.

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avatar skylog ♦368 (Nickel)

i love the idea of this, but as “Well Heeled Blog” stated, i just wonder about security. i do these kind of things on my computer, but somehow, it seems more secure. i know my phone is basically a smaller computer, but i simply understand the security aspects of my computer more than i do on my phone. also, i am wary of entering certain data on my phone due to the possible loss/theft of my phone, even with a data wipe app installed.

in the end, for the limited use, i think i will be passing on this for now.

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avatar eric ♦1,549 (Half-Dollar)

I’ve been so out of date with the apps on my phone. I used to browse around for new ones but haven’t found the time lately.

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