Track Your Tax Refund With the IRS2Go App

You can check on the status of your federal tax refund, request a tax return transcript, and more with this free app.

Today, it seems like there is a Smartphone App for everything. Even the IRS has gotten into the act. It created its own App—called IRS2GO--back in 2011. Since then it has been downloaded over 3.5 million times. IPhone and iPod Touch users can update or download the free IRS2Go application by visiting the iTunes App Store. Android users can visit Google Play to download the free IRS2Go app.

Using IRS2Go you can:

Check On Your Tax Refund Status

You can check on the status of your federal tax refund through IRS2Go. All you have to do is enter your Social Security number (which will be masked and encrypted for security purposes), select your filing status, and enter the amount of your refund for your tax return. You can start checking 24 hours after the IRS acknowledges that it has received your electronically filed return, or four weeks after you postal mailed your paper return. The IRS says that the refund tracking took is updated just once per day, so there is no point in checking on your refund more than once a day. You must have version 5.0 of the App to check on your refund. If you have a prior version, upgrade to 5.0.

Find Free Tax Prep Providers

The IRS offers free in-person tax help for lower-income and elderly taxpayers through its Volunteers Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs. There are thousands of VITA sites located at community and neighborhood centers, libraries, schools, shopping malls, and other locations. You can use IRS2Go to find the VITA or TCE site that is nearest you. Simply enter your zip code and select a mileage range. The app will even provide you directions when you click on the directions button within the results.

Obtain Tax Records

You can also use IRS2Go to request a tax return transcript. This is a summary of the most important information on the return you’ve filed for a prior year. It could prove helpful if you can’t find a copy of a prior return. The transcript will be delivered by postal mail to the address you have on file with the IRS—it should take about five to ten days to receive. If you don’t want to wait for the mail, you can obtain a transcript electronically by using the “Order a Transcript” tool at irs.gov. Alternatively, you can call 800-908-9946. A recorded message will guide you through the transcript order process.

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