Washington (April 15, 2003) - U.S. Senate Finance Committee chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa and ranking member Max Baucus, D-Mont., released the findings of a General Accounting Office investigation reporting that millions of taxpayer and Internal Revenue Service dollars could be saved through more user-friendly tax forms.

The GAO investigation into the IRS forms and instructions was completed at the request of Grassley and Baucus. According to the GAO, between July 1997 and June 2002, the IRS used focus groups made up of individual taxpayers and its employees to critique revisions to only five individual tax forms. According to IRS officials, the agency revised about 450 tax forms and instructions in 2001, many of which were for individual income tax returns.

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