The IRS provides for the approval and acceptance of computer-prepared
and computer-generated tax forms that are filed by individual
taxpayers and tax practitioners, in place of many of the official IRS
In all cases these substitute tax forms must have official approval
prior to their use, and must be designed under specifically
prescribed and limited Service guidelines, like the 1040PC tax
return, which is discussed in Topic 251.
If you want to produce your own version of a tax form, you should
first obtain a copy of IRS Publication 1167,
Substitute Printed, Computer-Prepared and Computer-Generated Tax
Forms and Schedules. This document describes the general requirements
for designing and submitting all such forms for approval and is
updated annually to coincide with the current tax year.
Publication 1167 cross-references other similar, related publications
that are available for certain specialized substitute forms that
differ from normal form size, that require multi-part paper stock, or
that have other similarly unique features (such as Forms W-2, 1099,
etc.). Publication 1167 also provides actual examples or layouts of
some of the most frequently used IRS forms.
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