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If you have completed your 2011 Taxes the IRS has an app for you and if you have not completed your taxes the IRS has an app for you – IRS2Go 2.0. This year 2011 taxes must be postmarked and submitted by April 17, 2012 by 11:59 PM. And to help taxpayers with easy access to tools and practical tax information the Internal Revenue Service has an app for the Apple and Android smartphones and a new YouTube feature.

The Apple phone users can find the IRS@Go 2.0 app on the iTunes online store and Android users online store is Google Play (formerly Android Market) where one can download IRS@Go 2.0 app . Apple developers that create for the iPhone OS use Apple’s Objective-C similar to C and C++ programming languages. Android OS uses mainly Java, the most common programming language used by developers. And one cannot run Java-based apps on the iPhone or Objective-C-based apps on Android devices.

Whichever platform taxpayers use all can access IRS2Go 2.0 app which provides practical tax information in a safe and secure way. The first version of IRS2Go was in 2011 and the 2.0 version has some new tools. One tool is IRS YouTube videos for your smartphones which provide short and informative features on a variety of tax topics. IRS has YouTube channels in multilingual and American Sign Language. Another tool IRS Latest News can be delivered to taxpayers smartphones as it become available. The third tool allows taxpayers to order tax return transcripts and have it delivered to their address of record on file with the IRS via the U.S. Postal service.

Smartphone taxpayers looking for your tax refund can use their IRS2Go app to find updated refund status which is about three days after the IRS acknowledges receipt of an e-filed return, or four weeks after mailing a paper return. If you want a reminder and tips to help with tax planning and preparation smartphone users can receive tax tips daily during the filing season and periodically throughout the rest of the year. And for IRS program, tax laws updates and changes, taxpayers can sign up to follow the IRS Twitter newsfeed and @IRSnews.