No one likes filing their taxes. Sure, if you're getting a big refund check then you might enjoy some of the process. ie: Cashing your check. But in general, no one really likes to do them, we just have to do them. The IRS knows that and as such has created a new app that is now available to make the whole situation a little bit better for everyone.

About 70 percent of the 142 million individual tax returns were filed electronically last year, so an app to help only makes sense. The IRS2Go app allows you to get up-to-date tax information and even track your refund check status all from right inside the app. If you're looking for more info, the press release and download are available after the break. [IRS]

IRS Launches the IRS2Go App for iPhone, Android; Taxpayers Can Check Refunds, Get Tax Information


WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today unveiled IRS2Go, its first smartphone application that lets taxpayers check on their status of their tax refund and obtain helpful tax information.

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

"This phone app is a first step for us," Shulman said. "We will look for additional ways to expand and refine our use of smartphones and other new technologies to help meet the needs of taxpayers."

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:

Get Your Refund Status

Taxpayers can check the status of their federal refund through the new phone app with a few basic pieces of information. First, 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 2010 tax return.

For people who e-file, the refund function of the phone app will work within about 72 hours after taxpayers 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 Tax Updates

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.

Follow the IRS

Taxpayers can sign up to follow the IRS Twitter news feed, @IRSnews. IRSnews provides the latest federal tax news and information for taxpayers. The IRSnews tweets provide easy-to-use information, including tax law changes and important IRS programs.  

IRS2Go is the latest IRS effort to provide information to taxpayers beyond traditional channels. The IRS also uses tools such as YouTube and Twitter to share the latest information on tax changes, initiatives, products and services through social media channels. For more information on IRS2Go and other new media products, visit


Reader comments

IRS launches the IRS2Go app for Android; check refunds, tax information and more


As long as I don't have to enter my SS# into my phone in order to use the app. Like if I could check the status of my refund using my address and name or something like that.

It's just too bad that he is, or at least was, still a BlackBerry user.... He needs to switch over to Android!

Maybe HE could get Samsung to put 2.2 on all of the Galaxy S phones! HAHA!!

I am surprised it's free. They should have an app showing the status and death counts of our unwarranted wars abroad.

This app is for the IRS (aka Internal Revenue Service) not the DOD (aka Department of Defense).

As a Marine, that comment was uncalled for mokash34. $.02

I understand that this app is for the irs. I was referring to the government as a whole when I said that they should develop an app like that. As a vet from a long line of veterans in the family, I don't see how what I said is offensive. However I apologize if you did get offended. I was only making a small joke and I meant no harm and certainly no disrespect to any fellow service men or women.

Sorry to hear that you are a marine fighting for our greedy govt who would never put their lives at risk. They don't care about your life or anyone in this country. They just want money. We are fighting for natural resources. Sorry you have pride and are patriotic and all that, but honestly you are wasting your life for nothing. You should get all your military buddies together and take down the true terrorists, the USA govt and company.

So...the use of this app is for those who feel the constant need to check the status of their return between the time they file and get their refund. What's the time frame on that a few weeks usually? I don't see the point of this all. Most filing services already have methods in place to notify you of the process especially if your using do it yourself type software.

horray we have an app for taxes!!!!

heathcare system? No.
A decent roadway system? No.
Social Security for the next 100 years? No.
A plan for clean energy? No.

but we have an app for taxes...oh yeah

What a TOTAL waste of taxpayer money. Hey IRS, why not spend that money so we could just enter our 1040 numbers directly through a website instead of forcing people to either use paper or a third party company???