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.
The Alternative Forms Requirements Package has been updated. Be advised there have been significant changes to the Florida
Corporate Income/Franchise Tax Return (Form F-1120). For more information, refer to the Instructions for Corporate
Income/Franchise Tax Return (Form F-1120N) and the 2020 Alternative Forms Requirements Guide available in the requirements package.
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