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COVID Tax Tip 2021-61, May 4, 2021

Taxpayers, businesses, tax professionals and others can follow the agency's official social media accounts and email subscription lists to get urgent information on Economic Impact Payments and other tax information. These platforms provide the latest alerts and information on various tax topics, including tax relief related to COVID-19.

These platforms are especially important right now. Changes to filing and payment deadlines, coupled with new business credits and Economic Impact Payments make these free and reliable communications crucial for anyone wanting the latest information.

IRS social media platforms

The IRS uses several social media tools including:

The agency continues to increase multilingual outreach on social media. For example, IRS has created individual Twitter Moments in six languages, highlighting key messages in Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian, Korean, Haitian Creole and Simplified Chinese.

When using social media to connect with the IRS, people should verify that they're following official accounts.

Taxpayers are urged not to reply to an IRS direct message on social media asking for personal or financial information. These are common scams that try to lure taxpayers on social media platforms or with unsolicited emails, texts, or calls.

The IRS also has a free mobile app, IRS2Go, where taxpayers can check their refund status, pay taxes, find free tax help, watch IRS YouTube videos, and get daily tax tips. The IRS2Go app is available from the Google Play Store for Android devices, or from the Apple App Store for Apple devices. It is available in both English and Spanish.

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