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Sunday
Oct172010

Tax Forms Will Never Be the Same: 'Plain Writing' Law Passes

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Finally, something both parties can agree on: The need for Uncle Sam to write clearly.

With little fanfare, President Obama signed The Plain Writing Act of 2010.

The new law requires that government documents be written in "plain language," defined as "writing that is clear, concise, well-organized, and follows other best practices appropriate to the subject or field and intended audience."

Put simply, you have to be able to understand it.

The measure moved through the bitterly divided Congress with relative ease, although close to three dozen Republican House members voted against it.

The new law will require everything from tax returns to applications for Veterans Administration benefits to be written in simple, easy-to-understand language.

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