Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Congress Passes "Plain Writing Act Of 2010'' That Will Affect Some IRS Guidance; Bill Awaits President's Signature

On September 29 the House by a vote of 341-82, approved H.R. 946, the "Plain Writing Act of 2010," a bill that requires heads of each executive agency to use plain language in any document issued to the public (other than a regulation), including documents and other text released in electronic form. The Senate by unanimous consent had previously passed the bill on September 27. Provisions of the bill would require IRS to draft all public documents in plain writing. The bill is now cleared for the President's signature.

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