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Mobile App Lets Taxpayers Check Their Refund Status

Mobile App Lets Taxpayers Check Their Refund Status

A new tool called IRS2Go allows taxpayers to view the status of their federal tax refund on their mobile phones.

IRS2Go — available for Android and Apple users — is the Internal Revenue Service’s first-ever smartphone app and is tailored for individual filers. But some of the app’s features may be useful for people who file business tax forms .

Business owners, for example, may sign up to receive year-round tax tips via e-mail or use its “contact us” page to call an IRS representative for help.

“This new smartphone app reflects our commitment to modernizing the agency and engaging taxpayers where they want when they want it,” IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman said. “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.”

To check their refund status, app users must enter a Social Security number, their filing status and the amount of the refund they expect from their 2010 tax return.

Taxpayers who filed electronically must wait as long as 72 hours before they can check the status on the app. Paper filers must wait three to four weeks.

If users register to receive electronic tax tips, they will get e-mails daily during the tax-filing season and periodically during the rest of the year.

The e-mails will offer advice on such topics as child tax credits, the Earned Income Tax Credit and education credits.