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Tax News: IRS Expands Languages & Tax Return in Spanish

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As part of a larger effort to reach underserved communities, the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") is taking steps to expand assistance available to taxpayers in additional languages, including providing the Form 1040 in Spanish for the first time.

In addition to being available in English and Spanish, the 2020 Form 1040 will also give taxpayers the opportunity to indicate whether they wish to be contacted in a language other than English. This is a new feature available for the first time this coming filing season.

Other changes include Publication 1, Your Rights as a Taxpayer, is now available in 20 languages. The 2020 version of Publication 17, Your Federal Income Tax, will be available early next year in seven languages – English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian, Korean and Chinese (Simplified and Traditional).

As part of this expansion, many of the pages on the IRS.gov site are now available in seven languages and basic tax information is newly available in 20 languages on IRS.gov. It also means that taxpayers who interact with an IRS representative now have access to over the phone interpreter services in more than 350 languages. 

In coming months and years, the agency will continue to expand the availability of widely used IRS forms and popular publications in multiple languages. This includes increasing the number of highly visited IRS.gov web pages accessible in seven languages later this year.

For any questions or concerns, please contact the Tax Attorneys at Fazzio Law, we are in your corner!

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