The days of the IRS as a giant paper-using agency, with reams of tax code and lengthy paper forms, are slowly coming to a halt.
Add the micro-blogging platform Tumblr to a growing list of IRS social media platforms. According to today’s IRS press release, Tumblr joins YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Widgets and Podcasts as the multiple ways taxpayers can stay in touch with helpful tax information.
Via Tumblr, users can easily share text, photos and videos directly off their browser, smartphone or tablet.
“Tax issues touch a wide range of people who use information in many different ways. The IRS Tumblr site provides a new avenue for taxpayers and partner groups to get and share important tax information,” said Terry Lemons, IRS Communications Director. “The new Tumblr platform is part of a larger effort at the IRS to get information to taxpayers when and where they want it.”
The IRS also has its own app – IRS2Go. On the iPhone or iTouch, download the free app by visiting the iTunes app store. If you have an Android device, you can visit the Google Play Store.
The IRS YouTube channel contains more than 100 short, educational videos. Available in English, Spanish, American Sign Language among others, the IRS YouTube videos have been viewed over 3 million times.
More than 61,000 taxpayers also follow IRS twitter feeds. The latest tax information is available at @IRSnews or @IRSenEspanol. @IRStaxpros covers news for tax professionals, @RecruitmentIRS provides updates for those looking for a position with the IRS, and the Taxpayer Advocate Service has information available @YourVoiceAtIRS.
For more information on social media, visit IRS Media.