The Washington Times - January 28, 2011, 07:31AM

It’s said that the one “direct mailer” whose envelopes are opened 99.99-percent of the time is the Internal Revenue Service. You might toss the Publisher’s Clearing House sweepstakes, but the initials “IRS” guarantees the letter will be read.

Now, the IRS is offering you a couple of ways to follow them: Sign up for the @IRSnews feed at and you’ll get what the agency says is “the latest federal tax news and information for taxpayers. The IRSnews tweets provide easy-to-use information, including tax law changes and important IRS programs.”


Want to check your federal refund status? Well, there’s an IRS-created free app for that: “IRS2Go, its first smartphone application that lets taxpayers check on their status of their tax refund and obtain helpful tax information,” a news release indicated.

“This new smartphone app reflects our commitment to modernizing the agency and engaging taxpayers where they want when they want it,” said IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman, in a statement. “As technology evolves and younger taxpayers get their information in new ways, we will keep innovating to make it easy for all taxpayers to access helpful information.”

Apple users can download the free IRS2Go application by visiting the Apple App Store. Android users can visit the Android Marketplace to download the free IRS2Go app, according to the announcement.

I haven’t tried the app yet, but I shall, and you’ll read more in my next tax-related “On Computers” column.