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
) 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.
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
Contact the Department at email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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