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Tax Design Challenge

About the Challenge
Reimagine the taxpayer experience of the future.

Posted By: Internal Revenue Service
Category: Designs
Partners: Mortgage Bankers Association
Submission Dates: 10 a.m. ET, Apr 17, 2016 - 11:59 a.m. ET, May 10, 2016 Judging Dates: May 23, 2016 - Jun 03, 2016

Taxpayers have the right to be informed, which includes access to their personal taxpayer data. Many taxpayers, however, might not know where to find this information or how to use it, as much of this information reads like a receipt and can be hard to understand for those who are not finance professionals.

The goal of this challenge is to reimagine the taxpayer experience and design the taxpayer experience of the future. With over 200 data fields at play, how might we design, organize, and present tax information in a way that makes it easier for taxpayers to manage their taxpayer responsibilities, and to use their own taxpayer data to make informed and effective decisions about their personal finances?


Background Materials

The variables in the Tax Data Document (TDD) represent the type of personalized data that may comprise a person’s tax information, including refund status, transactions, and line-by-line tax return information for specific tax years. Entrants should use some or all of these variables as part of their submission for an improved experience. Use of every variable in the TDD is not required; submissions may include additional variables that are not in the TDD.

TaxDataDocument.xlsx

The Sample Tax Data is for illustrative purposes only — to show how many of the data fields in the TDD are currently displayed.

SampleTaxData.pdf


Mentors

Network with over two dozen mentors available for this challenge — strategists and designers who have built products at Betterment, Google, Morningstar, Social Behavioral Sciences Team, United States Digital Service, and many more; and leaders within the IRS with digital and tax expertise. Learn more and schedule time with them: mentors and IRS mentors.


Tax Design Challenge – Kickoff at 1776

This is a past event. Attendance at the kickoff event is not required for participation in the Tax Design Challenge.  

 

Archived Live Streamhttps://youtu.be/GTw2Sek7xKg.

 

Event Details

When: April 17, 2016, 11AM to 3PM
Where: 1776, 1133 15th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005

At this event, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Learn about the IRS’s first crowdsourcing challenge from leaders at the IRS and Treasury
  • Engage with policy experts about financial capability challenges that could be addressed with an improved taxpayer experience
  • Network in-person with some of the mentors from the challenge
  • Meet and team-up with other civic-minded technologists, designers, and innovative thinkers
  • Free beverages and snacks provided by our cosponsor

 

Judging Criteria

Basis Upon Which Winners Will Be Selected

The review panel will make selections based upon the following criteria:

Overall Appeal

How does the entry feel visually?

Taxpayer Usefulness

Does it address the taxpayer’s responsibilities?

Financial Capability

Does it make it easier for the taxpayer to make informed and effective decisions about their personal finances?

Visual Hierarchy

Can the most important information be easily found?

Information Density

Is it easy to digest the information that is presented?

Accessibility

Can a varied population make use of this document?


How to Enter

To submit a solution, entrants should create an account with Challenge.gov, then select “Submit Solution” on the left-hand navigation of this website. Submissions must be made by 11:59AM EST on May 10, 2016.


Challenge entrants will submit a design that:

  • Improves the visual layout and style of the information for the taxpayer
  • Makes it easier for a taxpayer to manage their taxpayer responsibilities
  • Empowers a taxpayer to make informed and effective decisions about their personal finances

Entrants should consider end users in developing their design. Our tax system includes people from many different socioeconomic backgrounds, with different needs and responsibilities.


In order for an entry to be eligible to win the Challenge, it must meet the following requirements:

Deliverable: Must be an image or browser viewable file. The acceptable image formats: .PNG, .JPG, .GIF, .TIFF, and .PDF. There is no limit to how many designs you may submit and how many images are used to represent a design, however, each individual file has a size limit of 3MB. If you are submitting multiple image files, please be sure to label each file and include a table of contents so that it is clear to judges the order in which they should be reviewed.

Feasibility: The Challenge requires only that the design of the taxpayer experience be submitted. It is not the responsibility of the entrant to build or code a working version of the design. However, the design must be ultimately implementable using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

Data: The design should use some or all of the variables in the Tax Data Document (TDD) for an improved experience. Use of every variable in the TDD is not required; submissions may include additional variables that are not in the TDD.

 

Prizes
Best Overall Design - First Place $10,000.00 This prize has a guaranteed winner.
Best Overall Design - Second Place $5,000.00
Best Taxpayer Usefulness - First Place $2,000.00
Best Taxpayer Usefulness - Second Place $1,000.00
Best Financial Capability - First Place $2,000.00
Best Financial Capability - Second Place $1,000.00

81 Discussions for "Tax Design Challenge"

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      David Jacobson
      I too would like to know the answer to when the winners will be announced. I noticed it is never mentioned on the page. Only that the judging will end on June 3rd.

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    Mike Lin
    All, There have been questions on the deadline for submissions. The window for submitting designs is from 10 a.m. ET, Apr 17, 2016 through 11:59 a.m. ET, May 10, 2016 (today). This timeframe/deadline was set in accordance with the federal register (https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/03/22/2016-06432/tax-design-challenge-requirements-and-procedures) and has not been changed since we launched this competition. Best, Mike

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      Kathy Goeddel
      Hi Mike, Uploading was extremely slow this morning. I ended up sending in files uploaded last night and not up-to-date because the new versions weren't going to be uploaded by 11:59. In fact, one that was stated around 11:45 still isn't done.... Bummer! Kathy

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        cdaggett
        Hi Kathy, we're in process of determining which submissions began upload prior to the deadline. We'll update you with a confirmation as soon as we can. Sorry you had difficulties.

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        cdaggett
        Hi Kathy, this is to confirm your submission was received by challenge.gov -- including all seven attachments. Thanks for being patient with us :)

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          Kathy Goeddel
          Thank you for checking. Yes, I did get an entry submitted. The unfortunate part was that I had several hours of edits to a couple of sections and I was not able to get those to uploaded before the deadline - so I went ahead and submitted with the ones that I has sent up earlier. Oh well!

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      Mike; We were one of the three solutions that got in under the gun and I think the vast majority of the followers, (74) were confused that the deadline was 11:59 p.m. EST at the end of the day and not 11:59 a.m. EST in the middle of the day. We had a pdf file of 8 pages that were loaded and updated to our solution but can not tell if you got them or not. If you navigate to our submission links you can see where the file was uploaded but not sure if it made it via dropbox? We are concerned and want to make sure that our PDF File is received by the challenge team. Thanks,

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        cdaggett
        Hi Cecil, we're in process of determining which submissions were received. We'll update you with a confirmation as soon as we can. Sorry you had difficulties.

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          cdaggett
          Hi Cecil, this is to confirm your submission was received by challenge.gov at 11:55am -- before the deadline -- all 8 pages. Thanks for being patient with us :)

    • Reply
      yan Wong
      We had submitted a solution like 10 am on 10th. But never gotten any email confirmation. Not sure if it went through. Now that I think about it, how do I know you got the solution?

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        cdaggett
        Hi Yan, this is to confirm your submission (Yan, Courtney, Monika) was received by challenge.gov. Thanks for being patient with us :)

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      E Alison Long
      Sadly, I read about this competition 10 minutes ago on May 16. But just in case anyone is listening, my ideas are low tech although high tech (fairly common today) would be used to do it. Use virtual people to respond so that when people click on help, one option is a virtual person. Allow choices relating to age, color, accent, and anything else you deem reassuring. Now the taxpayer is "talking" with a "person." Build in curiosity ("How are you feeling today?" with a follow-up. "Do you think this blizzard will ever be over?"). When the agent is responding to others (no more than three at a time), use such comments as "Let me check that for you." "I need to look that up." "I'll check that out with my manager." If the questions are easy, build it to respond immediately. You must have hundreds of usual questions asked repeatedly every day. Much of this you could trigger with clear questions for which you have built-in answers but ALWAYS provide an escape after no more than three tries ("Have you tried...?" "What about...? "Please speak or write your exact question and I'll get back to you in (4) minutes.") What you're trying to eliminate is the facelessness and frustration and endless waiting with no end in sight. One company I deal with offers the option of my hanging up (or doing something else) and their calling back or letting me know when it's my turn with a guarantee I won't lose my place in line. That's HUGE. If you want to humanize the IRS, literally humanize it.

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    David Jacobson
    When we submit a solution, will it be visible to other competitors? If that's the case, you will be having a lot of people holding out to submit their solution until the last minute!

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      Mike Lin
      Hi David, When submitting your designs, there will be an option to make your submission visible or hidden to the public. We've already received a number of hidden submissions on the site. Also, users are able to update or change their submissions the site up until the 10am EST deadline on May 10. Hope this helps! Mike

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        Mike, is the deadline to submit am idea or solution the time you just posted as 10:00 a.m. EST tomorrow, Tuesday May 10, 2016? I thought the original time I read was at 11:59 p.m. EST tomorrow night Tuesday, May 10, 2016. What is the correct time\? Reimagine the taxpayer experience of the future. Posted By: Internal Revenue Service Category: Designs Partners: Mortgage Bankers Association Submission Dates: 10 a.m. ET, Apr 17, 2016 - 11:59 a.m. ET, May 10, 2016 Judging Dates: May 23, 2016 - Jun 03, 2016 Thanks,

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        Sou
        Hi, the original deadline was 11:59 PM and we scheduled all our efforts to meet that deadline. Now I noticed that it's changed to 11:59 AM. Is that a typo? thanks, Sou

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          cdaggett
          Hi Sou, Mike made a typo in this discussion thread by stating 10am ET. The deadline has always been 11:59am ET, May 10, 2016, as currently published on this website and on the Federal Register (https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/03/22/2016-06432/tax-design-challenge-requirements-and-procedures). Having said that, I'm in the process of determining if at any point this website incorrectly stated 11:59pm ET. I'll provide an update on this issue by 9am ET.

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            cdaggett
            Hi Sou, sorry, no update as of yet -- we're still trying to determine if the website incorrectly stated 11:59pm at any point. The deadline remains at 11:59am today, and I'll update you again if we learn anything new.

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            Mike Lin
            All, I apologize for the typo on 10am vs. 11:59am. The submission timeframe for this competition has always been 10 a.m. ET, Apr 17, 2016 – 11:59 a.m. ET, May 10, 2016. This has been consistent with the federal register and has not changed since the day we launched the Tax Design Challenge. Mike

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            cdaggett
            Hi Sou, the team completed a review of the change-logs and did not find any records of the website stating 11:59pm as the deadline; all past revisions of the website have a deadline of 11:59am, which corresponds with the deadline in the announcement posted on the Federal Register. I understand that's probably not good news for you, but I really hope you can make the deadline today.

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      Mike, is the deadline to submit am idea or solution the time you just posted as 10:00 a.m. EST tomorrow, Tuesday May 10, 2016? I thought the original time I read was at 11:59 p.m. EST tomorrow night Tuesday, May 10, 2016. What is the correct time\? Thanks,

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        cdaggett
        Hi Junior, Mike made a typo in this discussion thread by stating 10am ET. The deadline has always been 11:59am ET, May 10, 2016, as currently published on this website and on the Federal Register (https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/03/22/2016-06432/tax-design-challenge-requirements-and-procedures). Having said that, I’m in the process of determining if at any point this website incorrectly stated 11:59pm ET. I’ll provide an update on this issue by 9am ET.

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        cdaggett
        Hi Junior, sorry, no update as of yet -- we're still trying to determine if the website incorrectly stated 11:59pm at any point. The deadline remains at 11:59am today, and I'll update you again if we learn anything new.

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        cdaggett
        Hi Junior, the team completed a review of the change-logs and did not find any records of the website stating 11:59pm as the deadline; all past revisions of the website have a deadline of 11:59am, which corresponds with the deadline in the announcement posted on the Federal Register. I understand that's probably not good news for you, but I really hope you can make the deadline today.

  • Mike Lin
    All, We've received questions on if there is a limit to how many files may be submitted with a design and if there is a size limit. There is no limit to how many files are submitted with your solution, however, the size limit for each individual file is 3MB. If you plan on submitting multiple designs and/or multiple files per design, we ask that you label each file and include a table of contents so that it is clear to judges the order in which they should be reviewed. Best, Mike

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    David Jacobson
    With this project, I feel the need to explain the full benefits of certain aspects of the design and how it functions. However, word documents and the like are not an acceptable format to submit. Are written explanations/reports accepted with the submission, and if so, how would you suggest submitting? I saw a suggestion in a previous link that although we are not allowed to submit a working copy (or required), but if we would like we may provide a link to a working link. Would this also be acceptable to submit a link to a "presentation", i.e. a walk thru recorded and posted on youtube?

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      Mike Lin
      Hi David, It is acceptable to provide links to supplemental items with your design submission. However, please remember that only design files in the approved formats will be scored by judges. Supplemental items will not effect the scoring of submissions. Mike

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      cdaggett
      David, consider checking out healthdesignchallenge.com. You can view submissions for that challenge on that site, and it might give you ideas on how best to illustrate your designs and explain them as necessary

  • Kathy Goeddel
    Do Mortgage Bankers need a data download of tax transcript information or do they just need a document with the transcript of tax information?

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      Mike Lin
      Hi Junior, There is no limit to how many solutions a team or individual may submit. Though a single design may win in multiple categories, submitting multiple designs is a great way to address a broader set of issues and increase your opportunities at winning. We look forward to what you or your team have to offer! Regards, Mike

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    Andrea Angquist
    Would it be possible to post the video that was played at the MBA kickoff event? I'm trying to watch the archived live stream, but it's difficult to hear some of the key parts of the video that talk about what to keep in mind. Thanks!

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      cdaggett
      Hi Andrea, the welcome video from the kickoff event is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHsDxiFcL4g

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        cdaggett
        Greetings, update/for the record, this video has now been archived as this event has completed. Thanks!

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      Mike Lin
      Hi Andrew, We are asking that all designs come in static image format (.PNG, .JPG, .GIF, .TIFF, and .PDF) to ensure consistency in submissions and fairness in the judging process. However, this does not preclude competitors who wish to develop a working prototype to do so and provide screenshots of the prototype to demonstrate the interactive elements in their submission. Additionally, there are no rules against providing a link to a working .HTML prototype as an appendix to your submission. However, working prototypes will not be taken into account during judging and will not add additional points in the scoring process. Hope this helps! Mike

  • Mike Lin
    Greetings, Thank you for the great questions and comments around the Tax Design Challenge. A few quick reminders to help you with your designs: - We have a group of mentors available to provide insight and help refine your ideas. Please check out the mentors pages for how to schedule a chat with a mentor (mentors and IRS mentors). - For those who are still looking to partner up for this competition, this discussion board is an excellent place to comment out and find other interested parties. Thanks, Mike

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    yan Wong
    What are the list of use cases that a tax payer needs to use the tax receipt for? So far what I've heard are: 1) Mortgage application 2) Immigration 3) Mistakes on tax preparation 4) Student aid? Any additional use cases?

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      cdaggett
      Hi Yan, there's no official/endorsed list of use cases for tax transcripts. All the reasons you mention were brought up at the kickoff event. Having said that, another angle that was also discussed at the kickoff event was about considering ways (new "use cases," if you will) in which taxpayers might use their own taxpayer data, i.e., thinking beyond the current use cases of the tax transcript.

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      cdaggett
      Hi Yan, no you do not need to follow the IRS design guidelines, and those guidelines are not accounted for in the judging criteria.

  • Jack Daryl Smith
    ISSUE:The END OF THE YEAR' Presidents passing & signing CONGRESS'S very late tax law changes. THE CONSEQUENCES: IRS programmers begin their work in January! A very large contingency of taxpayers will not be able to file for many months subsequent to the April deadlines because the IRS programmers are alerting the SOFTWARE DEVELOPERS, continually, daily & weekly, from early January to October, as to the new tax law changes. Then the tax preparation community must 'mine' the returns of clients, who have filed, to determine if they have been affected by the CHANGE ALERTS. SOLUTION: All tax law changes, signed by the President, will take effect, one year later, on January 1st.

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      cdaggett
      Hi Kathy, yes you can :) To submit a solution, you simply need to make an account with Challenge.gov (https://www.challenge.gov/registration/), then select “submit solution” on this challenge page (on the left-hand side menu). Just ensure you submit your solution by the deadline on May 10, 2016.

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    Kathy Brown
    I have a couple of questions... 1. Are we designing a FORM (taxpayer will enter data to submit to IRS) or a REPORT (IRS supplies data already submitted by taxpayer)? 2. How will taxpayer access this? Will they be able to access it on the internet or will they need to call for a printed copy to be mailed to them? Thank you.

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      Mike Lin
      Hi Kathy, Thanks for your interest in the Tax Design Challenge. 1. It's really up to each participant whether they design a form, report or something else. The simple goal of this challenge is to design around a sample set of taxpayer data. Data elements can be found in our TaxDataDocument.xslx (TDD) file, however, you are not required to use all elements in this file and can even add new data elements to support your designs. 2. Much like #1, this will depend on how you think your solution would best reach the target audience. Would it be via a form, report, responsive website, online application, downloadable PDF, or something completely new? We're leaving this up to you.

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    Emily
    Hi, We have a few questions, seeing that it is the launch day and there is still limited information on this challenge: - When will the Live Stream video be posted for us to view? - Where is the registration? - We are hoping to get more clarification and information on the specifics of the assignment. We see the excel sheet for all of the data fields, but are unsure the desired form that we are designing towards -- is this for a specific portal/page on the IRS site that users can visit to view their own data? Is this a separate document that users would receive to use in other non-filing situations? Any clarification around the specifics of this project would be helpful. "The goal of this challenge is to reimagine the taxpayer experience and design the taxpayer experience of the future" is too vague for us to successfully solve the problem. Thank you.

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      cdaggett
      Hi Emily, (1) Live stream: we're working to get the live stream posted asap and it should be up by tomorrow -- a link will be posted on this site, and I'll reply to this thread so you know it's up :) (2) Registration: to submit a solution, you simply need to make an account (https://www.challenge.gov/registration/), then select "submit a solution" on this challenge page (on the left-hand side menu). Just ensure you submit your solution by the deadline on May 10, 2016. (3) Desired form: you have the freedom to determine the design of your innovation, i.e., if you'd like it to be a portal, you're free to design that, or if you'd like it to be a separate document, you may design for that. Let me know if you have further questions on this?

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    Douglas McNutt
    I sure hope the SampleTaxData.pdf will be made available without the diagonal SAMPLE stamp that covers up the textual data and makes it impossible to select and copy the data with a text editor.

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      cdaggett
      Hi Douglas, the TaxDataDocument.xslx (TDD) is what entrants should use for their designs (and you should be able to copy the data over easily from that file). The SampleTaxData.pdf is for illustrative purposes only -- to show how many of the data fields in the TDD are currently displayed.

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    Jymme Butcher
    What exactly does "per computer" mean on the tax data document? I would have thought it meant data from third parties, such as 1099-DIV, etc., but the first instance is for Schedule C, not Schedule B. Thank you.

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      cdaggett
      Hi Jymme, in some cases, the IRS may have changed the reported figures on an original return filed due to input errors or incomplete or missing information. If the IRS changed the figures on a return during processing, a tax return transcript will show the original figures, labeled “per return,” and the corrected figures labeled “per computer.”

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        Douglas McNutt
        And there are going to be a whole bunch of abbreviations and acronyms that need to be in a table lookup somewhere. "PER" means "AS PER" but is it always? PER often defines a division operation as in "per family member". "LESS SOC SEC INCOME PER COMPUTER" for instance "IRAF TAX PER COMPUTER" "PYMT USING TP FIG PER COMPUTER" Identifying every line with a form number for 2015, SCH B for instance, would be helpful.

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      Trenda
      Per computer means the value that the IRS automatically calculates. So what happens is the IRS enters the actual amount per the tax return as it was originally filed and then the system calculates the amount based on IRS calculation. This is why there may be two lines with same numbers on them.

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      cdaggett
      Hi Imran, the challenge takes place from 4/17 to 5/10, and participation in the kickoff event on 4/17 is not required :)

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        Mike Lin
        Hi Imran, it's good to note that any mentor at the April 17th event (and many more who were not at the event) are available to chat with you. Please reach out visit our mentors pages for details on this competition (mentors and IRS mentors).

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    Bob
    How about a service utilizing something called a phone? This type of service provides the user with the ability to talk to a knowledgeable human being whom they can carry on a discussion with about their tax account or actually ask tax questions. This service would pick up within a reasonable amount of time. It would allow for a back and forth in which the taxpayer can confirm their understanding of the issues. Of course, this would take proper funding and would not be as sexy as using apps, web sites etc. etc.

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      Mike Lin
      The goal here is not to move away from traditional channels completely (i.e. phone and in-person assistance). Instead, the spirit of the Tax Design Challenge is to engage the public and imagine how the IRS can improve its online interactions with taxpayers. The idea is to design a “taxpayer experience of the future" that ultimately enables taxpayers to better understand and make use of their tax data. If you think about it, a better experience online may indirectly improve the experience of traditional channels by deflecting high-volume/low-complexity inquiries to an online channel, reducing call volume/wait times, and freeing up CSRs so they can spend more time helping taxpayers with complex issues. The question is… What do you think the online taxpayer experience should look like?

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      Julie
      Per the Rules: "The TDD and its description will be posted here by the launch of this challenge on April 17, 2016."

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        Adam
        It would be helpful to see the TDD now to start thinking about designs rather than giving just a month to do so... three weeks after announcing this competition. Why do we need a start date? Just a deadline will do.

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      cdaggett
      Hi, Chase. You must be 18 or older to register for the Challenge and submit an entry. There are two types of registration: (1) Registration for the April 17th kickoff event (not required to participate in the Challenge), and (2) Registration for the competition (required). You may register to compete in the Challenge using this website beginning on April 17, 2016.

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        Jess
        Rule 3 says "Must be at least 18 years old at the time of submission." I don't see any information about competing in teams, and would also like to know about this!

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        Jess
        We are based in Chicago and are not able to attend the kickoff event. Firstly, are we able to participate in this challenge remotely? (i.e. just submitting our entry online). Also, how does the "Mentor time" work for out of state participators? Can we set up a video chat or phone call to consult with them post 4/17?

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          cdaggett
          Hi Jess, you may participate remotely (registration for the April 17th kickoff event is not required to participate in the Challenge), and in teams. The only registration that's required will be through this website after the launch on 4/17. Mentor time can be done remotely, via email, video chat, or phone. By the launch of the competition, links will be posted on this website to schedule time with them.

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Rules

The terms and conditions for the Tax Design Challenge are subject to modification by the IRS. Entrants should adhere to the terms and conditions provided on this website, as these will be the most up-to-date. We have added a requirement that entrants must be at least 18 years old. We have amended the list of acceptable formats to remove .HTML as an option.

Eligibility Rules for Participating in the Challenge:

To be eligible to win a prize under the Challenge, an individual or entity—

(1) Must register to participate in the Challenge under the rules promulgated by the Internal Revenue Service.

(2) Must comply with all the requirements under this section.

(3) Must be at least 18 years old at the time of submission.

(4) In the case of a private entity, shall be incorporated in and maintain a primary place of business in the United States, and in the case of an individual, whether participating singly or in a group, shall be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.

(5) Shall not be a Federal entity or Federal employee acting within the scope of their employment.

(6) Shall not be an employee of the Internal Revenue Service or the Mortgage Bankers Association (“the Cosponsor”).

(7) Shall not be affiliated with any judge on the review panel. In the case of a private entity, this means that no judge currently serves as a director, officer, or employee of the entity. In the case of a private individual, the individual shall not have a close family or professional relationship with any judge.

(8) Federal grantees may not use Federal funds to develop Challenge applications unless consistent with the purpose of their grant award.

(9) Federal contractors may not use Federal funds from a contract to develop Challenge applications or to fund efforts in support of a Challenge submission.

An individual or entity shall not be deemed ineligible because the individual or entity used Federal facilities or consulted with Federal employees during a competition if the facilities and employees are made available to all individuals and entities participating in the Challenge on an equitable basis.

Entrants must agree to assume any and all risks and waive claims against the Federal Government, its related entities, and the Cosponsor, except in the case of willful misconduct, for any injury, death, damage, or loss of property, revenue, or profits, whether direct, indirect, or consequential, arising from participation in the Challenge, whether the injury, death, damage, or loss arises through negligence or otherwise.

Entrants must also agree to indemnify the Federal Government against third-party claims for damages arising from or related to Challenge activities.


Terms and Conditions for Participating in the Challenge:

(1) Employment and Compensation. Participation in the Challenge does not create an employment relationship between participants and the IRS. Except for the prize winners, participants will not receive any compensation or other payment for any products or services that they provide to the IRS during the Challenge.

(2) Contracting. Participation in the Challenge does not establish a contractual relationship between the participants and the IRS. The Challenge results are not subject to protest or appeal under federal contracting laws.

(3) Intellectual Property.

(i) Each participant retains title and full ownership in and to their submissions. Participants expressly reserve all intellectual property rights not expressly granted under this notice.

(ii) By participating in the Challenge, each participant grants the IRS a non-exclusive, royalty-free, worldwide, irrevocable license to use any of participant’s intellectual property incorporated in the participant’s submission, in furtherance of the IRS’s mission. This license includes the right to incorporate the submission into IRS products or processes, and to reproduce, publicly perform, publicly display, and use the submission, including, without limitation, for advertising and promotional purposes related to the Tax Design Challenge Series.

(iii) Participants warrant that they have permission to use any intellectual property of third parties that is included in their submissions, and that such permission extends to the IRS to the extent set forth in paragraph (3)(ii) of these Terms and Conditions.

(4) Liability. Participants agree to assume any and all risks and waive claims against the Federal Government, its related entities, and the Cosponsor, except in cases of willful misconduct, for any injury, death, damage or loss of property, revenue, or profits, whether direct, indirect or consequential, arising from their participation in the Challenge, whether the injury, death, damage or loss arises through negligence or otherwise.

(5) Challenge Judgments Final. Participants agree that the selection of prize winners is a matter of discretion for the judges, and all selections are final and binding.

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