It’s been over two months since the IRS Tax Design Challenge was announced. The contest was an attempt to get user feedback and improve the user experience at a relatively low cost. 48 submissions later and the winners have been selected.
The winners in the three categories, overall design, taxpayer usefulness, and best financial capability were selected from contestants hailing from, California, Minnesota and Washington D.C.
In the announcement post the IRS stated that “the three-week competition invited the public to imagine the taxpayer experience of the future and specifically design an online experience that better organizes and presents a person’s tax information. The goal was to make it easier for a person to manage their tax responsibilities, and use their own tax data to make informed and effective decisions about their personal finances.”
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said about the contest, “We saw a strong response from the participants, and the winning designs are creative displays of what a future online taxpayer account could look like.”
The contest shows an overall government concern in improving the user experience. Which is very much a win-win situation. The IRS gets people to pay their taxes and the users hopefully will now have an easier time doing so.
Winners of the Tax Design Challenge
$10,000 (1st): Andrew Miller, “IRS MyService,” San Francisco
$5,000 (2nd): Andrea Angquist, “IRS 365,” San Francisco
Best Taxpayer Usefulness
$2,000 (1st): Andrew Miller, “IRS MyService,” San Francisco
$1,000 (2nd): Andrea Angquist, “IRS 365,” San Francisco
Best Financial Capability
$2,000 (1st): Sam Nguyen and Vidhika Bansal, “taxEZ,” Washington D.C.
$1,000 (2nd): Dante Vono, “MyTax Online,” Minnesota
I’m excited to see what sort of changes the IRS makes to improve user experience and make filing taxes a little bit less of a hassle.