Tax Guide

IRS unveils app that tracks refund status

Posted January 24, 2011 12:46 p.m. EST
Updated January 26, 2011 7:32 p.m. EST

Want to check on the status of your tax refund? There's an app for that. 

The Internal Revenue Service unveiled its first smart-phone application on Monday. IRS2Go allows users to check on their federal refund and get easy-to-understand tips. 

"This new smart-phone app reflects our commitment to modernizing the agency and engaging taxpayers where they want when they want it," IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman said 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 application by visiting the Apple App Store, and Android users can visit the Android Marketplace to download the app. 

For people who electronically file, the refund function will work within about 72 hours after taxpayers receive an e-mail acknowledgment saying the IRS received their tax return.

For people filing paper tax returns, longer processing times mean they have to wait three to four weeks before they can check their refund status.