(Tulsa World (OK) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) March 02-- Dear Action Line: Is federal income tax return information available by social media? -- S.T., Tulsa.
The Internal Revenue Service offers many "social media" avenues for taxpayers to get tax information -- including a smartphone app, dozens of informative YouTube videos for phone or computer and of course, following IRS on Twitter, said IRS spokesman David Stell.
IRS2Go: The IRS recently launched version 2.0 of its smartphone application, IRS2Go. It adds three new tools: Access to IRS YouTube videos, IRS news releases and the ability to order a tax account transcript. These are in addition to the original version's tools for checking on refund status and receiving tax tips. IRS2Go is available for the iPhone or iTouch and the Android. More than 350,000 users acquired the original IRS2Go during 2011, said Stell.
YouTube: The IRS offers short, informative videos on many tax-related topics through its YouTube Video channel, in English, American Sign Language and other languages. Connect with the IRS's YouTube Channel at
Twitter: IRS tweets include tax-related announcements, news for tax professionals and updates for job seekers -- follow at @IRSnews.
Audio files for podcasts: These short audio recordings provide useful information on one tax-related topic per podcast. They are available on iTunes or through the Multimedia Center on the IRS website (along with their transcripts).
Widgets: These tools can be placed on websites, blogs or social media networks, directing others to the IRS website for information. They 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, he said.
RSS: Really Simple Syndication, or RSS, is an easy way to gather a wide variety of content in one place on your computer. The IRS now offers RSS feeds RSS is an easy way to get the IRS news you want whenever it is updated, even if you are not on the IRS website.
Data security: Keep in mind the IRS uses these tools to share information with taxpayers. Do not post confidential information on new or social media sites, especially not Social Security numbers. The IRS will not be able to answer personal tax or account questions through any of these services, Stell said.
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