The IRS Uses Social Media To Help You File Taxespaulabernstein
Good news — you have an extra day to file your taxes this year. Because April 15 falls on a Sunday and April 16 is the District of Columbia’s Emancipation Day (who knew?), the IRS has postponed Tax Day until Tuesday, April 17th. Yippee!
Hopefully, you have already filed, but it’s not too late for procrastinators to get last-minute tips via social media–specifically, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, or the IRS’ new phone app.
Apparently, social media isn’t just for moms. The IRS has figured out how to use social media tools to share the latest information on tax changes, initiatives, products and services. They recently launched IRS2Go, a smartphone application that lets you get tax updates and get your refund status using your mobile phone. Excited yet?
The IRS is also providing tax tips and information on YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook, as well as podcasts, which are available on iTunes and in the Multimedia Center on IRS.gov.
As of March 21, more than 1 million taxpayers have viewed the IRS’s YouTube video tax tips, about 500,000 have downloaded the IRS phone app and more than 188,000 have viewed the IRS widgets, according to the IRS web site.
The IRS offers video tax tips on a variety of topics in English, Spanish and American Sign Language on YouTube at www.youtube.com/irsvideos.
IRS tweets from @IRSnews include tax-related announcements and daily tax tips. Other IRS Twitter accounts tailor information for tax professionals and Spanish speaking taxpayers at @IRStaxpros tweets and @IRSenEspanol tweets. @IRSnews alone has nearly 25,000 Twitter followers. They are using the hash tag #IRSTaxTip to share tax information. Not surprisingly, the IRS doesn’t get many “Likes” on Facebook.
Even though the IRS is using online tools to share information, they caution people not to post any confidential information on social media sites. Also, the IRS will not respond to personal tax or account questions at any of these sites.
Meanwhile, there’s no data yet on how many people are using social media for tax help, but there’s no shortage of folks tweeting about the IRS. For instance, @JoanRivers tweeted yesterday, “The IRS called me in because I deducted $400,000 for hair and makeup. They took one look at me in direct sunlight and approved it.”
Would you use social media to help do your taxes? Have you filed yet? If not, get to it!
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