Using the latest technologies, the IRS offers multiple avenues for taxpayers to get tax information.
The IRS delivers the latest tax information, initiatives, products and services through social media:
1. IRS2Go. The IRS recently launched a smartphone application that allows interaction with the IRS using a mobile device. The app can provide refund status and tax updates. IRS2Go is available for the iPhone or iTouch and the Android.
2. YouTube. The IRS offers short, informative videos on an assortment of tax-related topics through itsYouTube Video channel. The videos are offered in English, American Sign Language and a variety of foreign languages.
3. Twitter. IRS tweets include tax-related announcements, news for tax professionals and updates for jobseekers. Follow us @IRSnews.
4. Audio files for podcasts. These short audio recordings provide useful information on one tax-related topic per podcast and are available on iTunes or through the Multimedia Center on IRS.gov (along with their transcripts).
5. Widgets. These tools, which can be placed on websites, blogs or social media networks, direct others to IRS.gov for information. The widgets feature the latest tax initiatives and programs and can be found on Marketing Express, the marketing site that allows IRS partners and tax preparers to customize their IRS communications products.
6. RSS. Really Simple Syndication is an easy way to gather a wide variety of content in one place on a computer. The IRS offers RSS feeds, which is an easy way to get the news you want whenever it is updated, even if you are not on our website.
Keep in mind that the IRS uses these tools to share information with you. Do not post any confidential information on new or social media sites, especially your Social Security number. The IRS will not be able to answer personal tax or account questions through any of these services.
To find links to all of IRS' social media tools, visit www.irs.gov and click on “Social Media.”