The Internal Revenue Service has launched its revamped Web site at www.irs.gov.

Aside from a new color scheme and top banner, the IRS has updated the site's entire layout. Visitors will now be able to look for information suited to their role and what they need to accomplish. Among the new main navigation buttons are headings for individuals, businesses, charities and nonprofits.

General information is still provided, but options have been streamlined and moved to the top right corner of the screen. The site has also consolidated its search options into one input field at the top right of the screen, allowing users to search by either keyword or search term from one location and bring up results from either the entire site, or just forms and publications.

Each of the six areas highlighted on the home page has a distinct use:

  • Most Requested Forms and Publications -- This section highlights the five most requested forms and publications across the Web site, based on documents that the public is requesting.
  • Online Tools -- This section features several of the most frequently used online tools available, such as filing online and determining a refund's status.
  • Featured Content -- The middle of the home page is reserved for information that is currently important to many users.
  • Information About -- This section provides six links to general information accessed by many users. Some of these links were moved from the red header of the current site.
  • I need to... -- The drop-down menu provides quick access to popular, frequently accessed information within a particular content area. For example, the option to "Start a Business" would be found in the Businesses section of the site, but an individual could readily find a link to "File an Extension."
  • Advertisements -- This section allows the IRS to promote new programs, information and features on the Web site.

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