Overview of the IRS2Go Smartphone App

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Taxpayers can check the status of their federal tax refund on their Web-enabled smartphone by using the IRS2Go application. Launched by the Internal Revenue Service on January 24, 2011, the IRS2Go software can be installed on the Apple iPhone and smartphones based on the Android operating system. The IRS2Go mobile software offers the following functionality:

Ability to Check the Status of Your Federal Tax Refund

Users can input their Social Security number, filing status, and their expected refund amount. The software will then communicate with the IRS servers to retrieve the refund status.

Taxpayers can also check the status of their federal tax refund by accessing the Get Refund Status page on the IRS website. That web page is fully encrypted with the "https" prefix on the URL. By contrast, the IRS reported in their initial news release about the IRS2GO app that "taxpayers enter a Social Security number, which is masked and encrypted for security purposes. Next, taxpayers pick the filing status they used on their tax return. Finally, taxpayers enter the amount of the refund they expect from their tax return."

If you notice, the IRS says that on the IRS2Go phone app, the user's Social Security number will be masked and encrypted. They do not say that the user's filing status and refund amounts will be masked and encrypted. As a result, I am concerned that the IRS2Go phone app might not offer the same level of security as the IRS's website.

Ability to Make Tax Payments

In addition to checking your refund status, you can also make tax payments through the IRS2Go mobile app by paying directly from your bank account or using a credit or debit card. Individual taxpayers can use their secure IRS Direct Pay feature for free.

Ability to Subscribe to IRS Tax Tips

The IRS publishes their tax tips daily through the filing season. Smartphone users can subscribe to these tax tips, which will be delivered via email to the email address associated with the phone.

Ability to Subscribe to the IRS' Social Media Feed

Users of the IRS2Go app will see the two most recent Twitter messages from the IRS and can subscribe to the official IRS Twitter feed, @IRSnews. Users can also follow the IRS on Tumblr and YouTube.

Where to Download the IRS2Go Application

  • iPhone users can download the IRS2Go app from the Apple App Store.
  • Android OS users can download the IRS2Go app from the Android Marketplace.