- - Tuesday, January 25, 2011

IRS

New phone app to track refunds

For people who just can’t enough of the Internal Revenue Service, the federal tax collection agency is coming out with a new phone application.

The app, called IRS2Go, allows taxpayers to track their tax refunds and get tax tips from the IRS. It’s free, and available for people who use iPhones or Androids.

IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman said the agency is using the app to become more accessible to taxpayers. For other tech-savvy taxpayers, the agency produces videos for YouTube, and has a Twitter news feed.

WHITE HOUSE

Counsel tapped as solicitor general

Donald Verrilli Jr., a deputy counsel to President Obama, was chosen Monday to be the next U.S. solicitor general.

Mr. Obama announced his intention to nominate Mr. Verrilli. If confirmed by the Senate, he would succeed Justice Elena Kagan as the lawyer representing the executive branch of government before the U.S. Supreme Court.

As a private attorney, Mr. Verrilli has argued 12 cases before the justices and has participated in more than 100 cases before the Supreme Court.

Mr. Verrilli began serving in the Obama administration at the Justice Department, where he worked on national security policy and domestic issues before moving to the White House.

Mr. Verrilli was in private practice for more than two decades in the Washington office of the Jenner & Block law firm focusing on First Amendment, telecommunications and intellectual property law.

Arguing on behalf of the music industry in 2005, Mr. Verrilli won a Supreme Court ruling in MGM Studios v. Grokster that opened online file-sharing companies to potential liability.

WHITE HOUSE

Obama touts family support

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