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.
Updated October 9, 2016 and originally published January 24, 2011.