IRS improves Web site search function for users

The IRS has redesigned its Web site to improve its search capabilities and make access easier to agency software for taxpayers and tax professionals.

New on the IRS.gov site is a row of navigation buttons for individuals, businesses, nonprofits, charities and tax professionals. Visitors to the site can search by keyword or search term. The 'Search' button aims to be more intuitive than the current 'Go' button.

The redesign also links to the most requested forms and publications, as well as the most frequently used online tools, such as filing taxes electronically and determining refund status.

'These changes should make it even easier to navigate our site and get taxpayers the information they need to file and pay their taxes,' said IRS Commissioner Mark Everson today in a statement.

The IRS Web site is heavily used during the tax filing season. In fiscal year 2005, there were more than 176 million visits to IRS.gov and 1.2 billion page views.

About the Author

Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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