Money Monday: The IRS Goes "Social"

Uncle Sam joins the social networking trend by setting up its tax shop on Tumblr and Twitter.

Posted: 04/08/2013 08:00 AM EDT

Okay, we know that you like to think of your social networks as online hangouts where you can catch up with friends, news and life…but did you know that you can also use these sites to keep up with current tax laws, rule changes and other important IRS-related information?

In February, the IRS added Tumblr to its list of social media platforms it is using to share news and information. The new Tumblr platform provides another way for taxpayers to get current tax information when and where they want it. Through the micro-blogging site, users can access and share text, photos, videos and other information from their browser, smartphone, tablet or desktop.

According to the IRS, the new site shares information about important programs to help taxpayers, such as tax law changes, the Earned Income Tax Credit and Free File. The Tumblr site also makes it easier for IRS partners and others to share tax information they receive from the IRS.

Uncle Sam’s social efforts don’t end there. The IRS also has YouTube channels where it posts short, informative videos in English, American Sign Language and Spanish. Today, the organization has uploaded more than 100 videos that have attracted over 3 million views. For more information, check out the 1-minute YouTube video “IRS Social Media.”

The IRS has also netted over 61,000 followers on Twitter by setting up a number of feeds. You can follow @IRSnews or @IRSenEspanol to get the latest tax information. @IRStaxpros covers news for tax professionals; @RecruitmentIRS provides updates for job seekers and information related to the Taxpayer Advocate Service is available at @YourVoiceAtIRS.

Here are a few more connection points for taxpayers who want to keep up with current tax laws and news:

  • IRS2Go: If you have an Apple iPhone or iPod Touch, you can download the free IRS2Go app by visiting the iTunes app store. If you have an Android device, you can visit the Google Play Store to download the free IRS2Go app.
  • Facebook: The IRS Return Preparer Facebook page posts useful information for tax professionals.
  • Widgets: Post IRS widgets on your website or social media networks to help direct others to IRS.gov for complete details on a variety of topics. You’ll find the widgets and other tax products at IRS Marketing Express.

 

This article has been prepared for informational purposes only. The accuracy and completeness of this information is not guaranteed and is subject to change. Since each individual’s financial situation is unique, you need to review your financial objectives to determine which approaches might work best for you.

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(Photo: Twitters via @IRSnews)

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