Tax Forms That Talk

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Hear Ye! Hear Ye! The IRS wants to talk to the visually impaired— and it won’t cost a cent.

Yes, you read that right. The IRS is reaching out to sight-challenged taxpayers with “talking tax forms.”

What are they? They’re digital tax forms, produced in portable document format (the familiar PDF) that can be used with screen readers and voice recognition software. The software “reads” each line of the form out loud and types the spoken responses into the proper slots.

Talking tax forms were created to meet the requirements of the Rehabilitation Act, a law that mandates Federal agencies to make electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities. To comply, the IRS first published 50 forms back in 2002. Now more than 700 talking forms and publications are available on the IRS web site, which also has accessibility features. The forms can also be obtained in Braille, text and large print formats.

To find and use the talking tax forms, click the “Accessibility” link on the IRS web site.

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