Well, believe it or not, the IRS now has an Instagram account!
The IRS! The once big, scary IRS now wants to be fun, friendly and socially hip! But not so friendly that they’ll be appearing on any dating apps, according to one IRS spokesperson.
Most people who regularly file and pay their taxes hardly need reminding.
Those who prefer to pretend they have an obligation may not want to be reminded on any social format, but what the heck, it is the 21st Century. I guess instead of updating their system to keep hackers out, the IRS finds it more useful to have a social media presence. Who am I to judge?
It’s no secret that more than 70% of American taxpayers between the ages of 18 and 24 are active on Instagram. The IRS plans to use Instagram to “better serve this segment of the population, sharing content on tax topics that affect all taxpayers.”
So, what will the IRS be sharing socially?
“The IRS Instagram account will share taxpayer-friendly information to help people Get Ready for the upcoming tax season. And it will provide the latest tax scam information to help support the Security Summit initiative, a joint effort between the IRS, states and the nation’s tax industry to combat tax-related identity theft.”
The info on the website continues, “The addition of Instagram is another step for the IRS to share information more widely and reach additional taxpayers,” said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. “This platform will help make people aware of important options they have during the upcoming filing season as well as other tax information they might not be aware. The IRS will continue to work with and help taxpayers in as many ways possible.”
Oh, by the way, you can also visit the IRS on FaceBook and YouTube. But you cannot negotiate with them if you haven’t filed or paid your taxes. They won’t be very social if you haven’t done either of those things. You’ll want to connect with me for that!