Track your tax refund? There's an app for that

The IRS is launching a free app that allows taxpayers who file online to follow the progress of their refund

Published January 24, 2011 7:43PM (EST)

For people who just can't enough of the Internal Revenue Service, the federal tax collection agency is coming out with a new phone app.

The app, called IRS2Go, allows taxpayers to track their tax refunds and get tax tips form the IRS. It's free, and available for people who use iPhones or Androids.

IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman said the IRS is using the app to become more accessible to taxpayers. 

“This new smartphone app reflects our commitment to modernizing the agency,” Shulman said in a statement. “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 app will alert taxpayers who file online when their refund will be deposited or mailed to them within 72 hours after the IRS acknowledges receipt of a return. Those who file by mail will have to wait three to four weeks before they can monitor the progress of their refund, Bloomberg reports

The agency said personal tax information is encrypted, so taxpayers can safely access it. Taxpayers can download the IRS app at the Apple App Store, or the Android Marketplace.


By AP/Salon


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