Want To Track Your IRS Tax Refund On Your Smartphone?

Craig Thomas

Craig Thomas

Managing Partner, CPA, Certified Tax Resolution Specialist at Streamline Tax Resolution, llc
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You can check the status of your federal income tax refund using IRS2Go.
You can check the status of your federal income tax refund using IRS2Go.

There is a free IRS2Go app available, developed by the IRS, designed to track your 2014 IRS tax refund. This app is available in both English and Spanish, and is great for those who don’t have an hour (or more) of time to spend on hold, while waiting to speak to a live representative on the phone.

The main features include being able to track your IRS tax refund, order tax transcripts, and for those who qualify for the IRS program, you can locate a free tax preparer .

There’s a version of the IRS2Go app for both the iPhone & Android. Considering the IRS created the tool, I was surprised that the app is very straightforward and easy to use. In order to check the status of your refund, you simply input your social security number, filing status & the amount of refund. You must allow 4 weeks after you file to start tracking.

The IRS has a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) or Tax Counseling program for the Elderly. A feature on IRS2Go will help you find a VITA location. All you do is enter your zip code and the distance (in miles), which you are willing to travel for the service.

If you are in need of tax records, you can use the app to request a copy mailed to your residence on file. All you do is simply input your social security number, date of birth and address, and specify the tax year in question.

Over all, I think this is a nice tool for those who are on the move. The IRS says that they issue most refunds in less than 21 calendar days. Curiously, the refund-tracking feature doesn’t activate until 4 weeks after you’ve filed. It’s very possible that your refund could already be returned and sitting in your bank before you have a chance to use the app. The security features appear to be safe, your social security number is encrypted, but your filing status and refund amount aren’t. This app is a winner if you qualify for the VITA program or you are in need of ordering tax records.

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Craig Thomas can be reached at: cthomas@streamlinetaxresolution.com

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