IRS offers mobile, refund-tracking app

If you’re wondering when your federal tax refund will arrive—and who isn’t?—you can now  check your status on the go. In addition to its already up-and-running “Where’s My Refund?” website, the IRS now offers a downloadable, mobile version, called IRS2GO.

It works like the website. A user provides her social security number, filing status and exact refund amount to check the status. Just make sure you’ve waited the necessary 72 hours after e-filing or four weeks after submitting through the mail to start checking. The app also allows iPhone or Android users to request previous tax records, visit the IRS YouTube channel and contact the IRS with any questions or issues.

It won’t get you your refund any faster, but when you’re filling your tank with $3.99 gas, and you’re wondering how you’re going to pay your bills next month, it could be reassuring.  Just make sure the nosy-looking woman line behind you isn’t watching when you enter your Social Security number.

Transparency and customer-service points for the IRS.