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10 Useful Tax Day Apps for Your Smartphone

        Money | Taxes

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IRS2GO
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) offers an app of its own to help taxpayers check the status of their refunds.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) offers an app of its own to help taxpayers check the status of their refunds.
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Give the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) some credit: With e-filing, they've greatly streamlined the tax preparation process. An unlucky few of us still remember the days of filling out tax forms by hand and stumbling through complex calculations that could mean the difference between a refund and possible jail time. So even if the IRS2GO app isn't exactly revolutionary, cut the feds a break.

The IRS2GO app, which is free for iPhone, iPad and Android phones, is mostly for checking your refund status. You can also stream helpful videos from the IRS YouTube channel (that's entertainment!) and follow the IRS Twitter feed (ditto!).

If you want to save yourself a toll-free phone call to the IRS, you can also use the app to request two free documents: a tax return transcript or a tax account transcript. Apparently, there's a difference. A tax return transcript is basically a copy of your tax return, while a tax account transcript contains most of the important information from your tax return, plus any amendments or changes made by either you or the IRS after you filed your return. Both will be mailed out to you for free and can be useful when proving income to mortgage lenders or student loan providers.


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