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 Requirements have moved to the Federation of Tax Administrators' (FTA) State Exchange System. The 2022
Alternative Forms Requirements are now available. Refer to the Alternative Forms Requirements Guide, for changes and
The Alternative Forms Requirements ─ Include the necessary information to be able to develop Alternative Tax Forms that are
compatible with the Department's automated processing systems. Folder contents: Alternative Forms Requirement Guide and all
Scannable Alternative Forms Examples.
General Information About Alternative Forms
Software developers wishing to produce electronic filing options should email the Department at
for information concerning testing and the approval process. The email should include the type of tax for which the
developer is inquiring.
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. Refer to the Department's Forms and Publications webpage.
Non-scannable Forms Requiring a Barcode and/or an OCR Line
Scannable Alternative Forms
The following forms can be developed as alternative forms. Samples are located on the State Exchange System.
Corporate Income Tax: F-1120, F-1120A, F-1120ES, F-7004, and F-1120X
Reemployment Tax: RT-6, RT-6A, RT-6EW, and 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