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Think of PlainTaxTalk as a four-step, progressive storyboard:
 
Plain Language Tax Simplification  Tax Compliance  Tax Revenues
 

Here is the story behind the storyboard.
 
Headline:  The quality of IRS communications with its 215 million customers.

Byline:   Substandard and not acceptable.

Lead:   The IRS should change its ways to self-discover and embrace the principles of plain language writing.

Story Line:   Why all this matters, how the IRS can go about doing it, why the American taxpayers richly deserve it, and how the trip down the Yellow Brick Road to tax simplification produces nothing but enlightened winners.

 
A Viewpoint article by John Klotsche published in Tax Notes on June 1, 2009, provides a platform for discussion and comment. If you haven't read it click on the cover below and download the article. We encourage you to share your views by posting a comment below;  thanks in advance for taking an interest in this important subject.

 

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#1 Deborah Bosley 2009-06-01 06:17 Two of my colleagues were hired by the IRS to revise the tax forms in plain language. Their prototypes were never used. I hope you can convince the public that only through consumer and citizen advocacy will these changes ever happen. Quote
 
 
#2 john c. klotsche 2009-06-01 07:33 Its more than citizen advocacy; we need to get the political process involved and PlainTaxTalk has started that process by contacting interested Senators and Congressmen. We can always use help in this effort. Quote
 
 
#3 Deborah Bosley 2009-06-01 10:19 Sign me up! ;-)
The Center for Plain Language in Washington is successfully educating politicians about the need to pass The Plain Language Act of 2009 in the House and The Plain Writing Act in the Senate. These bills require that government information about benefits and services be written in plain language. If these bills pass (which they're expected to given Obama's focus on plain language), you'll have a great foundation on which to build political support for revision of the IRS tax code into plain language. Check out centerforplainl anguage.org.
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#4 Annetta Cheek 2009-06-01 19:37 Best of luck with this effort, John. You're off to a good start. Let us know if the Center for Plain Language can help.

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