As tax deadline looms, IRS using social media to help last-minute filers
Apr 13, 2012 (Belleville News-Democrat - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
The April 17 tax deadline is fast approaching and for those last-minute filers, the IRS has made tax information available on social media tools.
"So far this tax season, more than 1 million taxpayers have viewed the IRS's popular YouTube video tax tips, about 500,000 have downloaded the IRS phone app and more than 188,000 have viewed the IRS widgets," said IRS spokesman Michael Devine.
Devine said that the IRS's smartphone application can help taxpayers get their refund status and tax updates. IRS2Go is available for the iPhone or iTouch and the Android.
The IRS offers video tax tips on a variety of topics in English, Spanish and American Sign Language on YouTube at www.youtube.com/irsvideos.
"More than 23,000 Twitter followers get daily tax tips and IRS news at their fingertips," Devine said.
IRS tweets from @IRSnews include tax-related announcements and daily tax tips. Other IRS Twitter accounts tailor information for tax professionals and Spanish speaking taxpayers at @IRStaxpros tweets and @IRSenEspanol tweets.
Podcasts, short audio recordings offer one tax-related topic per podcast, are available on iTunes or through the Multimedia Center on the www.irs.gov website.
To find links to all of IRS's social media tools, visit the IRS home page www.irs.gov and click on Social Media.
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