Last year, September 27th to be exact, I wrote about the redesign to the home page of the IRS website. Today, the new design went live for the whole site. It doesn’t look too bad. Nice and clean with lots of white and a light gray. Yes, they kept the orange and blue colors but they’re just used for highlights, dividers and links.
The first difference I saw was the change to the navigation bar. Yesterday it listed the different groups the IRS services; individuals, business, tax exempts, tax pros… Today the navigation bar highlights actions like filing, refunds, news and events… To find the other groups, the visitor uses the “Information For” dropdown in the top right corner. Except for Tax Pros. We are still in the nav bar.
It will take a little time to get used to all the changes and finding all my lost bookmarks. (I’ve lost about half of what I checked.) But so far I’m okay with the changes. But what I like best is the under the “Visit other sites” menu on the bottom right of the new pages; a link to “Help Improve IRS Search.” Since search results have been a big complaint of mine for years, I may be using this a lot.
So don’t be surprised the next time you go to IRS.gov and do expect to spend a little more time to find what you’re looking for. Is it better? I’ll let you know after I get through the learning curve.