The IRS Alternative Media Center: working to ensure that tax information is accessible to everyone

The IRS is committed to providing the best possible service to all taxpayers, including those who use assistive technology.

The agency’s Alternative Media Center offers a variety of accessibility resources and services for taxpayers with visual impairments. Tax-related content is available in multiple formats for use with assistive technology. This includes screen reader software, updatable braille displays and screen magnification software.

People can view and download hundreds of tax forms and publications in alternative formats, many of which are available in Spanish, including:

  • Text only
  • Braille ready files
  • Browser friendly HTML
  • Accessible PDF
  • large print PDF

CMA strives to make IRS resources as accessible as possible. However, not all products are available in all formats. Large print products are available in a variety of languages. Currently, braille and accessible PDFs are only available in English and Spanish.

Obtain accessible tax products
People who need accessible tax forms, instructions and publications can download them from the Accessible forms and publications page or request paper copies by calling 800-TAX-FORM or 800-829-3676.

Enhanced Accessibility Services
Form 9000
– Taxpayers can complete Form 9000, Alternative Media Preference, to choose to receive their IRS tax notices in braille, large print, audio or electronic format. This includes notices of additional taxes or penalties due. Taxpayers can attach the completed form to their tax return, send it as a standalone form to the IRS, or call 800-829-1040 to choose the format of their choice. Once a taxpayer has made their election, they will receive all future notices in the format of their choice.

Form 1040 LEP Schedule – Taxpayers can complete Form 1040 Schedule LEP to request accessible notices in the language of their choice. Currently, Spanish is the only other language the Alternative Media Center can provide.

Accessibility Helpline – The IRS has an Accessibility Helpline to answer questions about accessibility services and alternative media formats available to taxpayers with disabilities. Taxpayers can call 833-690-0598 if they need help with accessibility.

The Accessibility Helpline does not have access to an IRS taxpayer account. People can visit the Let us help you page for assistance with questions regarding tax law, refunds, or other account issues.

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