Are IRS Forms and Publications Easy to Read?


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In October 2011, the Internal Revenue Service began issuing its new publications in accordance with the Plain Writing Act of 2010, which mandates that federal agencies write in clear language that is easy for the public to understand. Plain language requirements apply to IRS forms and instructions.

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The U.S. Congress passed the Plain Writing Act of 2010 in response to a presidential memorandum calling for openness and transparency in government. The IRS responded to the new legislation by training its employees to write in plain language, naming a plain language leader, issuing an annual report on its plain writing activities, and instituting a complaint process for taxpayers to use in reporting forms or instructions that are difficult to understand.

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