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Need tax tips Theres an app for that

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WASHINGTON (1/31/12)--The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is touting its social media platform, complete with smartphone apps, YouTube videos, tweets, and other technologies, making it easier for tax filers to get tax information how they want it, when they want it.

Although you won't get answers to personal tax questions through any of these services, take advantage of these helpful tools, listed at irs.gov:

  • IRS2Go. Use this smartphone app--available for the iPhone, iTouch, and Android--to get your refund status and tax updates. Expect even more features for the 2012 filing season (Forbes Jan. 8).
  • Twitter. Use @IRSnews to follow tax-related announcements, news for tax professionals, and updates for job seekers. For information in Spanish, use @IRSenEspanol.
  • YouTube. Watch videos on tax topics offered in English, American Sign Language, and a variety of foreign languages. Visit youtube.com/irsvideos. For Spanish tax topics, enter "Centro Multimediatico" into the search box of the irs.gov website.
  • Audio files for podcasts. These audio recordings are available on iTunes or through the Multimedia Center on irs.gov.
  • Facebook. IRS has Facebook pages that post information for tax professionals and for anyone needing help resolving long-standing issues with the IRS.
  • RSS. Really Simple Syndication allows you to easily gather a variety of content in one place on your computer or other electronic device. Get news you want whenever it's updated, even if you're not on the IRS website, through RSS feeds.
The IRS reminds filers never to post confidential information, such as your Social Security number, on social media sites. Toll-free telephone assistance is available at 800-829-1040.