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The IRS is getting social on Instagram

IRS, Instagram, taxYou can now get tax tips and helpful news from the IRS on Instagram. The agency just debuted its official Instagram account – IRSNews. Last year’s tax reform law brought many tax law changes that will affect virtually every taxpayer. The IRS Instagram account will share taxpayer-friendly information to help you better understand these changes as well as:

  • Provide the latest tax scam information to help taxpayers keep their personal data secure.
  • Better serve young adults, the majority of whom use Instagram.
  • Share information in Spanish and other languages.
  • Reinforce messages the IRS promotes on its other social accounts.

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The IRS will use Instagram along with several other social media tools to communicate with taxpayers:

  • YouTube: The IRS offers video tax tips in English, Spanish and American Sign Language.
  • Twitter: Taxpayers can follow @IRSnews for tax-related announcements and tips. @IRStaxpros tweets news and guidance for tax professionals. Tweets from @IRSenEspanol have the latest tax information in Spanish. @IRSTaxSecurity tweets tax scam alerts.
  • Facebook: News and information for taxpayers and tax return preparers.
  • LinkedIn: The IRS shares agency updates and job opportunities.

The IRS also has their own app, IRS2Go. You can use this free mobile app to check your refund status, pay taxes, find free tax help, watch IRS YouTube videos and get IRS Tax Tips by email. Like Instagram, the IRS2Go app is available from the Google Play Store for Android devices, or from the Apple App Store for Apple devices. IRS2Go is available in both English and Spanish.

Danette Holguin, EA

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