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IRS introduces smart phone app

Released by the Internal Revenue Service:

DALLAS, TX (KLTV) - The Internal Revenue Service today unveiled IRS2Go, its first smartphone application that lets tax payers check on the status of their tax refund and obtain helpful tax information.

"This is a significant move for us to deliver useful tools to taxpayers who use mobile phones,"said Clay Sanford, an IRS Dallas spokesman."It's another step in our efforts to ensure quality customer service."

The IRS2Go phone app gives people a convenient way of checking on their federal refund. It also gives people a quick way of obtaining easy-to-understand tax tips.

Apple users can download the free IRS2Go application by visiting the Apple App Store. Android users can visit the Android Marketplace to download the free IRS2Go app.

The mobile app, among a handful in the federal government, offers a number of safe and secure ways to help taxpayers. Features of the first release of the IRS2Go app include:

GetYour Refund Status

Tax payers can check the status of their federal refund through the new phone app with a few basic pieces of information. First, tax payers enter a Social Security number, which is masked and encrypted for security purposes. Next, tax payers pick the filing status they used on their tax return. Finally, tax payers enter the amount of there fund they expect from their 2010 tax return.

For people who e-file,the refund function of the phone app will work within about 72 hours after tax payers receive an e-mail acknowledgement saying the IRS received their tax return.

For people filing paper tax returns, longer processing times mean they will need to wait three to four weeks before they can check their refund status.

About 70 percent of the 142 million individual tax returns were filed electronically last year.

Get TaxUpdates

Phone app users enter their e-mail address to automatically get daily tax tips. Tax Tips are simple, straightforward tips and reminders to help with tax planning and preparation. Tax Tips are issued daily during the tax filing season and periodically during the rest of the year. The plain English updates cover topics such as free tax help, child tax credits, the Earned Income Tax Credit, education credits and other topics.

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