The IRS and Social Media

In a world where people more frequently interact with social media on their mobile devices, the IRS provides innovative ways to engage and support taxpayers. The use of social media and new platforms allows the IRS to create more convenient ways to communicate with citizens.  These platforms keep taxpayers informed with the latest tax information and specific services offered through preferred channels.

IRS2Go

IRS2Go is a versatile mobile application tool that allows taxpayers to gain quick access to a variety of resources. From this one-stop-shop, you can gain access to helpful tax tips through the IRS’ Twitter and YouTube channels. This app also allows you to check your refund status and make a secure payment of taxes due.

YouTube

The IRS’ YouTube channels provide useful information on a wide variety of relevant tax topics. You can learn about EFINs, withholding calculators, tax scam warning signs, and more.  As an added bonus, these channels are available in English, Spanish and American Sign Language.

Social Media

Another popular avenue to stay in touch and receive helpful tips from the IRS include their Twitter accounts—found under the handles @IRSNews, @IRSTaxPros or @IRSenEspanol. They can also be followed for tax tips through their Tumblr blog, Facebook page, audio files for podcasts, and can sign up for free e-news subscriptions.

All of these tools are helpful ways to keep taxpayers confidently and conveniently informed.  However, taxpayers should keep in mind that the IRS uses these avenues to share public information. As such, taxpayers should not post confidential information on any of the social media or other public sites. The IRS likely will not be able to answer personal tax inquiries over the social media accounts, so if you need to speak with someone directly on such inquiries it is advised to connect with them by phone.

Author Bio
David McKeegan
David McKeegan, the founder of Cleer.Tax is both an MBA and Enrolled Agent. As an entrepreneur and small business owner himself, he really understands the pain points that company owners and founders have in regards to tax compliance and having clean financial statements. What really differentiates David is his ability to distill complicated tax matters into layman’s terms, making the advice actionable and accessible to all.
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