Let’s face it, very many tax-paying citizens don’t like the IRS. People pay taxes to Uncle Sam mainly because it is a requirement of the law and they fear facing its long and threatening arm. It is for this reason that very few will view the IRS as their “friends” and would do anything to avoid any contact with them, even in online interactions.
The IRS now uses social media to boost its tax collection methods. Would you be comfortable liking their Facebook page? Following their Twitter Account and/or even take time to watch YouTube videos? Many people frown whenever they receive snail mail from the taxman, fearing for the worst as these letters are less likely to be carrying any good news. However, you might in real sense find it beneficial to share some technological platform with the perceived enemy.
In 2011, the IRS introduced the IRS2GO, a Smartphone application whose first edition was downloaded 350,000 times. This was not so appealing considering the number of taxpayers with Smartphones who didn’t bother downloading this app. The IRS remains up beaten over its plans to digitize and modernize its works. According to Shulman, IRS’s commissioner, taxpayers can easily access useful information regarding their taxes using this application. Shulman believes that there is need to embrace digitization for major practices in the ever changing world tech world.
The IRS2GI 2.0 uses and contains very useful information. It has the following channels;
1. YouTube: There are several IRS YouTube videos with over 2.2 million collective views. The app also contain major links to other helpful tax tips videos on issues like taxable and non-taxable income, small business healthcare credit, getting refunds and free help on how to prepare your tax returns.
2. Get My Tax Record: Personal tax records can be accessed with ease by simply filling in your Social Security Number plus other identifying details.
3. News: You can view the IRS’s news releases that are often produced on your Android or iPhones
4. Get My Refund Status: This application makes it possible to find the statuses of your tax returns.
5. Follow the IRS: Do you want to follow the IRS in twitter? It is just a click away on their application.
Is the IRS2GO good for you? The answer depends on your personal preferences. However, tech savvy people can find this application ideal. Whether you appreciate and use the application or not, one obvious fact is that the IRS is doing a commendable job by embracing technology. Collection of taxes is a tough occupation and the more avenues the URS utilizes in the process, the better.