March 15, 2022
Source: Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
In an effort to provide American taxpayers with the service they deserve, the Internal Revenue Service announced today the latest expansion of its multilingual products, Braille, text, audio and large print products are now available in Spanish.
The agency’s Alternative Media Center (AMC) is converting IRS Form 1040, its main schedules and six publications in Spanish Braille and large print. This announcement highlights the agency’s commitment to make alternative format documents and multilingual resources available to those who need them.
The IRS also has a Languages webpage available in 20 languages to help taxpayers find basic tax information, such as how to check a refund status, pay taxes or file a federal tax return.
“It’s critical that the IRS provides information to people in multiple languages and formats to help them meet their tax responsibilities and receive important tax credits,” said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. “This is another milestone in our ongoing efforts to expand our assistance to more people. I’m extremely proud of our employees’ significant efforts and strong desire to make a huge, positive difference in this area during the last several years, which has been assisted by our partners in the nation’s tax community. We are proud to continue focusing on this area.”
Additional IRS multilingual resources
- IRS Free File offers eight free electronic tax preparation and filing options in English and two in Spanish.
- The Let Us Help You page is available in seven languages.
- A Spanish language version of Form 1040 PDF and the related instructions PDF are also available.
- Form 1040 Schedule LEP, in English PDF and Spanish PDF, with instructions PDF available in English and 20 other languages, can be filed with a tax return by those taxpayers who prefer to communicate with the IRS in another language.
- The Taxpayer Bill of Rights, outlined in Publication 1, Your Rights as a Taxpayer, is available in twenty languages.
- Taxpayers can view and download several tax forms and publications, such as Publication 17, Your Federal Income Tax, in Spanish, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Korean, Russian and Vietnamese.
Alternative media resources for blind, sight-impaired individuals
Tax forms and publications are available in a variety of formats including:
- Braille ready files,
- Browser-friendly HTML,
- Accessible PDF and
- Large print.
Latest enhancement to IRS accessibility services
Taxpayers can complete Form 9000, Alternative Media Preference PDF, to choose to receive their IRS notice or letter in Braille, large print, audio and electronic formats. Taxpayers can include the completed form with their tax return, mail it as a standalone form to the IRS or call 800-829-1040 to elect their preferred format. Form 9000 is also available in Spanish Braille and large print.
Taxpayers who have already received a notice or letter in print format and prefer Braille, large print, audio or text, and do not have an alternative media designation on file at the IRS can choose one of the options below to request their preference.
Fax their notice with a cover sheet to the AMC at 855-473-2006. The cover sheet should include their name, address, phone number and the desired format of the document.
Mail their notice or letter with a note stating their preferred format to:
IRS Alternative Media Center
400 N. 8th St., Room G39
Richmond, VA 23219
Call the IRS Accessibility Helpline at 833-690-0598 to get help with transcribing the information.
Visit the Information About the Alternative Media Center page of IRS.gov for details.
How to get answers about IRS accessibility services
If a taxpayer has questions about IRS accessibility services, they can contact the Accessibility Helpline at 833-690-0598. Help for multilingual taxpayers is also available on the helpline through the over-the-phone interpreter service. This helpline does not have access to taxpayers’ IRS accounts. Those needing help with tax law, refunds or other account-related issues, should visit the Let Us Help You page on IRS.gov.