H&R Block’s war on taxpayers

Posted on Nov 25, 2015 in Finance, Listen & Watch
H&R Block’s war on taxpayers

The average taxpayer spends little or no time thinking about what goes on in Washington, especially when what’s going on involves complex discussions about tax code. A more boring topic there isn’t. So why should anyone pay attention?

Because when taxpayers don’t pay attention, something like this happens:

H&R Block’s Push to Make Tax Forms Harder for Low-Income People

Tax preparers stand to benefit from the change the company promoted.

Let’s simplify legal jargon!

This TED Talk from February 2010 can still inspire us. Alan Siegel, a branding expert and one of the leading authorities on business communication, calls for the use of plain English to create documents that we can all understand. In this video, he present a clear argument for the need to “make clarity, simplicity and […]

Report finds mixed progress on plain language

Report finds mixed progress on plain language The first review since agencies were required to create plans for cutting the “bureaucrat-ese” from their dealings with the public found mixed results at many agencies. The Center for Plain Language, a group that advocates for clear writing in government documents, released a scorecard this week marking agency progress meeting […]

Advocates of the Plain Writing Act prod federal agencies to keep it simple

Washington Post, April 8, 2012 Center for Plain Language chair Annetta Cheek spoke with reporter Lisa Rein about progress in implementing the Plain Writing Act. “Federal agencies must report their progress this week in complying with the Plain Writing Act, a new decree that government officials communicate more conversationally with the public. Speaking plainly, they […]

The power of simple words

Posted on Mar 25, 2012 in Listen & Watch, Plain Language Blog Articles

The introduction to this fun video of popular songs with unplain lyrics says, using “long, fancy words designed to show off your intelligence and vocabulary are all very well, but they aren’t always the best words.” In this short, playful video Terin Izil explains why simple, punchy language is often the clearest way to convey […]