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"Plain Writing Law" from the IRS

by: Anthony Parent   2010-10-25


Thanks to the Plain Writing Act of 2010, the IRS now has nine months to make all of its communications with taxpayers easy to understand. This means that the Internal Revenue Service and all government agencies must use 100% approved plain writing!


What exactly is plain writing? Check this out, yo:

...(3) PLAIN WRITING- The term ‘plain writing’ means writing that is clear, concise, well-organized, and follows other best practices appropriate to the subject or field and intended audience.


Take that finally have to start communicating in regular-talk or else!


Or else...or else... nothing at all will happen.

You see, section 8 says this:


(a) Judicial Review- There shall be no judicial review of compliance or noncompliance with any provision of this Act.


(b) Enforceability- No provision of this Act shall be construed to create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable by any administrative or judicial action.


Basically, if the IRS doesn't move a muscle, or interprets "Plain Language" to mean only using sentences that once appeared in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, there's absolutely nothing anyone can do about it.


NOTE #1: This seems to be the perfect government program. It creates an endless jobs program, consisting of parallel duties, with amorphous standards, along with no sort of oversight or actual accountability, all under the guise of actually being helpful.


NOTE #2: How is passing a law and then making the law not subject to judicial review, not violate the separation of powers doctrine?


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