We hate to remind you of this, but it may be time to start thinking about filing your taxes. April may seem so far away, but there's no downside to thinking about these things early. If you're thinking about starting to prepare for filing your taxes, a good place to start is probably the IRS2Go app, which is published by the IRS to help Americans get through the much-bemoaned task.

Read on past the break for a quick look at what the IRS2Go app has to offer this year.

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The UI of IRS2Go is about as simple as it can get, with just a handful of options on the main screen that can help you along with your taxes. Likely the most useful portions of the app are at the top and bottom of the list, where you'll find a button to get your refund status and contact the IRS if you have questions. When you go to get your refund status, you'll get a quick page to enter your information the exact same as you would on the website. It returns a single page with the status of your refund.

The "Get My Tax Record" link will offer a similar form and similar results to the current return check, but simply for older returns. Using the "Contact Us" link gives a good bit of information as to the time and days that live help is available, along with the phone numbers to call for each department. You can just tap "call now" and the app opens your phone's dialer with the number in it, which is nice.

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Unfortunately, most of the other buttons just push you out to web pages, all with questionably useful information. Because we probably don't expect many people will be doing too much more with their taxes on their phones other than checking a refund status or contacting the IRS, we can almost give this a pass.

The IRS2Go app is useful, albeit a bit ugly, and does what you want an app from the IRS to do -- give you quick access to your refund status and information about how to contact them. As long as it can accomplish those things without perpetually crashing, it's hard to expect much more than what's given here.