Need to check your tax return? There's an app for that

Anna Roberson
Anna Roberson

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LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – Checking the status of your tax refund is now as easy as picking up your cell phone.

Taxpayers can now download the free IRS2GO app on their iPhone or Android smartphones.

"They are wanting people to file faster returns. They're trying to do away with the paper returns," said Present of A&J Tax Express Anna Roberson, who says the app is about convenience.

"People are using their phones for more things," she said.

Roberson says the new app won't meet everyone's needs.

"It may be convenient for maybe a student that's doing a very simple return, a simple 1040EZ but for a more complex return, you would want to come to a professional," said Roberson.

Taxpayers who plan to take advantage of the new app will have to give some of their personal information like their social security number, filing status and refund amount.

Your social security will be masked and encrypted. Still, for Roberson it's not secure enough.

"Downloading anything on your phone, there is a possibility that you lose your phone and your information can get stolen."

Some East Texans say they don't trust the new app.

"There's just too many ways for them to get to your information," said Sharon Turney.

"I need somebody right there," said Krystal Roberts. "I've got questions and I need answers."

"Not me. I like to use the people. I don't trust it," said Rainee Gray.

"Nowadays people can hack into things and the people I've gone to for many years have been able to do my taxes wonderfully and I plan to keep on going to them," said William Weeks.

Technology continues to advance but Roberson says the more traditional folks won't be left behind.

"A lot of people don't want to do their own taxes so I think they're not going to get as much response as they think they'll get," said Roberson.

TurboTax also just released a mobile app that allows taxpayers to file a 1040EZ return on their smartphones.

The SnapTax app is free but you will have to pay $14.99 to file a tax return.

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