Are you connected with Uncle Sam on social media? Well, some taxpayers are uncomfortable with the idea of following or liking the IRS’s Facebook and Twitter pages or even watching their YouTube videos. Some compare this to granting a stalker an express pass to your bedroom and uncover some personal secrets within the walls of your house. Are these fears justified? The answer is no; you really don’t have to shy away from being “social” with the IRS on social networking sites.
The IRS uses a number of technological solutions to enable taxpayers find access to significant tax information like changes in the tax code, new initiatives, services, and products. It has gone ahead and even developed very effective tax apps that have made acquisition of tax information a breeze.
IRS2Go: Most Americans own smart phones, some have more than one. As a result, there has been swelling demand for solution-driven apps that can simplify the otherwise complicated things in life. In the same spirit, the IRS designed the IRS2Go, a smartphone app that lets you get tax updates on the go, check your refund status with just a click and follow the IRS on Twitter. You can find the app in the Apple App store for use on iPhone or iPod device and GooglePlay store for use on Android devices.
YouTube Videos: The IRS posts short but very enlightening videos on its YouTube channel on an array of tax-related topics. Other than English, these videos are also available in Spanish and American Sign Language.
Twitter: Get tax-related announcements, news for tax pros, and job seekers’ updates by following the IRS on Twitter. The Twitter username is @IRSnews.
Facebook: You can also access tax-related information for individuals, tax pros and other tax issues by liking their Facebook pages. Furthermore, get some general tax information on these pages, but ensure that you don’t post personal details on social media.
Audios and Podcasts: The audio recordings are typically short on specific tax-related topics. They can be found on iTunes or Multimedia Center on the IRS website.
Widgets: These tools can be placed on blogs, websites or social networking sites to direct people to the IRS website.
CAUTION: The IRS mainly uses the discussed tools to better their service delivery. Therefore, you must not at any point, divulge personal data, like your Social Security Number, on social media. Personal tax or account-related questions cannot be answered on these platforms. Instead, channel them directly to the IRS officers or visit their website.