Florida Alternative Tax Forms Vendor Information

The Florida Department of Revenue has established guidelines for a company producing alternative tax forms. The information provided should be used by companies to successfully produce alternative forms that meet the same specifications as official Department forms.

The Department will make every attempt to keep vendors informed of any changes that may occur annually or during the year that could affect your business.

Alternative forms vendors must submit an Alternative Form Vendors and Payroll Processors Development Application (Form GT-320227 PDF Icon) annually, prior to the development and/or testing of alternative forms. Once your application is received, you will be provided the annual Password for accessing the Alternative Forms Requirements and Scannable Alternative Forms.

What's New

The Alternative Forms Requirements Package has been updated for tax year 2018. Be advised there have been significant changes to the Florida Form F-1120.

Alternative Forms Requirements Package (Password protected Zip file) - Includes the necessary information to be able to develop Alternative Tax Forms that are compatible with the Department's automated processing systems. Zip file contents: Alternative Forms Requirement Guide and all Scannable Alternative Forms Examples.

Contact the Department at e-vendor@floridarevenue.com for information concerning the testing and approval process.

General Information About Alternative Forms

Software vendors wishing to produce electronic filing options should email the Department at e-vendor@floridarevenue.com for information concerning testing and the approval process. The email should include the type of tax for which the vendor is interested in developing.

The Department must be able process an alternative tax form in the same manner as an official Department form. An alternative tax form must be compatible and duplicate the appearance and layout of the official Department form including size of margins, special keying symbols, line numbers, and code number.

The Department's primary goal is to ensure all alternative tax forms:

  • Are compatible with the Department's automated processing system;
  • Are compatible with the Department's image processing system; and
  • Result in the accurate assessment of the taxpayer's tax liability.

The Department has the authority to approve or reject a commercially printed, computer produced, or computer programmed alternative tax form that does not meet the requirements for alternative forms or would cause processing problems.

Note: Florida sales and use tax forms are not available to alternative form vendors as alternative or substitute tax forms. The only exception is the Out-of-State Purchase Return (Form DR-15MO), which may be produced as an alternative Florida tax form.

Non-scannable Alternative Tax Forms

Non-scannable alternative tax forms must duplicate the appearance and layout of the official Department form. This includes all margins, special keying symbols, item captions, line numbers, code and form numbers and perforations. Visit the Department's Forms and Publications web page for reference.

Non-scannable Forms Requiring a Barcode and/or an OCR Line

The following non-scannable forms require a barcode and/or OCR line. Forms must duplicate the appearance and layout of the official form including size of margins, special keying symbols, item caption, line numbers, code and form numbers, and perforations.

Form Title
DR-1 PDF Icon Florida Business Tax Application
DR-5 PDF Icon Application For Consumer's Certificate of Exemption
DR-15MO PDF Icon Out-of-State Purchase Return
DR-26 PDF Icon Application for Refund - All Other Taxes
DR-26S PDF Icon Application for Refund - Sales and Use Tax
DR-835 PDF Icon Power of Attorney
F-851 PDF Icon Corporate Income/Franchise Tax Affiliations Schedule
F-1065 PDF Icon Florida Partnership Information Return
RTS-1S PDF Icon Report to Determine Succession and Application for Transfer of Experience Rating Records
RTS-1SA PDF Icon List of Employees to be Transferred
RTS-2 PDF Icon Voluntary Election to Become an Employer Under the Florida Reemployment Tax Law
RTS-3 PDF Icon Employer Account Change Form
RTS-6 PDF Icon Employer's Reciprocal Coverage Election
RTS-6A PDF Icon Employer's Reciprocal Coverage Election Supplemental Attachment
RTS-6B PDF Icon Employee Notice for Reemployment Tax Coverage
RTS-6C PDF Icon Employee's Consent Form Reciprocal Coverage Election
RTS-9 PDF Icon Reemployment Tax Application for Agent Registration
RTS-10 PDF Icon Reemployment Tax Agent/Client Change Form
RTS-70 PDF Icon Application For Common Paymaster
RTS-71 PDF Icon Quarterly Concurrent Employment Report
RT-7A PDF Icon Application for Annual Filing for Employers of Domestic Employees
RT-8A PDF Icon Correction to Employer's Quarterly or Annual Domestic Report
RT-28 PDF Icon Election of Nonprofit Organization Method of Payment Under the Florida Reemployment Tax Law
RT-28G PDF Icon Election of Public Employer Method of Payment Under the Florida Reemployment Tax Law

Insurance Premium Taxes and Fees Return (Form DR-908)

The Department mails a personalized page 1 which has a dynamic barcode that is critical for processing and must be submitted by the taxpayer.

  • Page 1 of the Insurance Premium Taxes and Fees Return (Form DR-908) may not be produced by vendors.
  • Schedules of the Insurance Premium Taxes and Fees Return (Form DR-908) may be produced by vendors, but must be submitted for approval.

The Insurance Premium Taxes and Fees Return (DR-908 PDF Icon) includes the schedules.

Scannable Alternative Forms

The following forms can be developed as alternative forms. Samples are included in the Alternative Forms Requirements Package (Password protected Zip file).

Corporate Income Tax: F-1120, F-1120A, F-1120ES, F-7004 and F-1120X

Reemployment Tax: RT-6, RT-6A, RT-6EW, RT-6NF

Note: These are sample forms and are NOT to scale. Do not directly copy these forms, for they will not pass testing.

Instructions for Major Taxes

The following major tax forms instructions are separate from the form. For more information, visit the Department's Forms and Publications web page.

  • Employer's Quarterly Report Instructions (Form RT-6N PDF Icon)
  • Instructions for Completing the Florida Business Tax Application (Form DR-1N PDF Icon)
  • Instructions for Corporate Income/Franchise Tax Return for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2016 (Form F-1120N PDF Icon)
  • Instructions For Preparing Form DR-908 Florida Insurance Premium Taxes and Fees Return (Form DR-908N PDF Icon)