“Friend” the IRS: The Internal Revenue Service and Social Media

You probably know that you can reach out to an accountant or a tax law firm if you ever have any tax issues, but did you know you can also connect with the IRS via social media? “Friending” the Internal Revenue Service might sound awkward, but for those who file their own forms, it could be helpful.

The IRS, in their bid to become more user-friendly, runs accounts on several different social media platforms. Whether you prefer tweeting or friending, tax news is now easier to come by. The goal of these accounts is to share information, not offer individual advice. For that, it is extremely important to speak to a qualified accountant or tax law attorney.

If you’re filling out forms or just trying to figure out where to start, the IRS has several videos up on YouTube. They feature tips and information in English, Spanish, American Sign Language.

Prefer your information in 140-character tweets? Follow @IRSnews on Twitter for the latest from the Internal Revenue Service.

How about a handy, dandy IRS podcast? Videos and tips, along with a podcast for your listening pleasure, are available on the IRS’s Tumblr site.

Looking for a mobile IRS solution? The IRS2Go App can be found in the Google Play store as well as the Apple App store. Featuring tips and videos, the handy app will also let you check the status of your refund or pay your tax bill.

Of course, the IRS’s spread into social media wouldn’t be complete without Facebook. The world’s predominant social media platform can be your source for IRS news and tax tips to help you file this year.

If you prefer to avoid apps and social media, the IRS has not forgotten about you! You can subscribe to its email subscriptions and pick which you’d like to receive in your inbox.

Remember, these tools are not for individual questions, just general information and tips. A trustworthy tax law firm is your best bet for information relevant to your specific tax case. For safety reasons, do not post private information such as your social security number on these sites and ignore anyone who reaches out to you asking for personal information. The IRS communicates with taxpayers solely through written documentation mailed to their home address. Anyone purporting to be with the IRS that contacts you in a comments section is almost surely running a scam.

If the IRS is getting “unfriendly” with you, whether it’s because of unfiled tax returns or offshore accounts, don’t just unfollow—seek help. A tax law firm that specializes in back taxes and offshore account disclosures can help you navigate tax law and determine what is your best move. The IRS enforcing deadlines and issues penalties, so it is imperative to speak to a tax law attorney as soon as you realize you may need one. Whether you need help with an audit, disclosing offshore account, or with back taxes, a tax law firm can help make the way forward clearer.

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