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Plain Language at the IRS

The Plain Writing Act of 2010 requires federal agencies to write "clear Government communication that the public can understand and use." Specifically, the law requires the IRS to use plain writing for:

  • information about any federal government benefit or service
  • instructions to get any federal government benefit or service or to file taxes
  • instructions to comply with any requirement administered or enforced by the federal government

We are committed to writing all new documents in plain language by October 2011, using the Federal Plain Language Guidelines. We have a plain writing leader who oversees our efforts. We have trained employees to use plain writing; and we'll continue to do so. We're strengthening our oversight process to fulfill our promise to you.

We're doing all that we can to comply with the Plain Writing Act, but we need your help. Please let us know if you have trouble understanding our documents or the pages on our website, or if we haven't written a document in plain language.

Finally, we've set up this special section of our website with updates and important information about our efforts. Each year in April, we will also post an annual report for your review. The report will detail our progress and compliance with the Plain Writing Act.

Report an issue and tell us what you think.


Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 22-Oct-2015