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
Alternative Forms Requirements have moved to the Federation of Tax
Administrators' (FTA) State Exchange System. The 2023 Alternative Forms
Requirements are now available. Refer to the Alternative Forms
Requirements Guide, for changes and requirements.
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.
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
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
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