The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) launched a crowdsourcing campaign on April 17, 2016, to allow the public to suggest improved ways for taxpayers to access and interact with their data. Through May 10, 2016, participants who register at www.taxdesignchallenge.com will be able to connect with “policy experts and a network of mentors” to design a better taxpayer data user experience.

According to the project website,

“Taxpayers have the right to be informed, which includes access to their personal taxpayer data. Many taxpayers, however, might not know where to find this information or how to use it, as much of this information reads like a receipt and can be hard to understand for those who are not finance professionals.

The goal of this challenge is to reimagine the taxpayer experience and design the taxpayer experience of the future. With over 200 data fields at play, how might we design, organize, and present tax information in a way that makes it easier for taxpayers to manage their taxpayer responsibilities, and to use their own taxpayer data to make informed and effective decisions about their personal finances?”

Read the IRS press release announcing the Tax Design Challenge here: https://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Tax-Design-Challenge-Begins-Soon