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IRS.gov Linking Policy

Linking to IRS.gov

You do not need to request permission to link to IRS.gov from your web site. The Internal Revenue Service is a public entity and has no policy which will allow us to either permit or deny your request to establish a link to our site or to the public-use products on this site. However, please see the related statement about the use of IRS.gov content.

If you wish to show specific IRS forms or publications on your web site, we recommend that you link to the official version on the IRS.gov web site rather than attempting to maintain updated copies of products on your site. Once you link to our current year tax forms, form instructions and publications, the file name remains the same when we update to newer versions. You won't have to worry about updating your links.

Links from IRS.gov to Other Web Sites

IRS.gov links to other Federal Government-owned web sites when those sites contain supplemental information that may be useful to our users.

IRS.gov provides links to non-Federal Government ("external") web sites as a public service. By linking to an external site, IRS does not imply endorsement of the site's sponsor (unless specifically stated, such as links to IRS Partners sites).

Before linking to an external web site, we ensure that the site meets all of the following criteria:

  • The site clearly relates to and complements existing information, products, and services on IRS.gov.
  • The site contains relevant and useful content that will benefit our customers.
  • The site clearly states and reflects its purpose, and provides overall quality and authoritative value to the IRS.gov audience.
  • The site contains accurate and timely information.
  • The site provides information at no cost. We do not link to sites whose primary purpose is to sell products or services, except as part of an approved agreement with IRS (e-file Partners, for example).
  • The site has an excellent overall quality and professional image.
  • The site is "user-friendly" and easy to navigate
  • The site is a credible source for information. Site must be free of typos and errors so that it does not detract from the credibility of the site.
  • The site does not exhibit hate, bias, or discrimination.
  • The site does not contain misleading or unsubstantiated claims, or conflict with the mission of the IRS.
Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 18-Apr-2013