|Tax Topic #253
||2008 Tax Year
Topic 253 - Substitute Tax Forms
The Service provides guidance for the approval and acceptance of computer–prepared
and computer–generated tax forms that are filed by individual taxpayers
and tax practitioners.
If you want to produce your own version of a tax form, you should first
obtain a copy of IRS Publication 1167 (PDF), General Rules and
Specifications for Substitute Forms and Schedules. This document describes
the general requirements for designing and submitting all such forms for approval
and is updated annually to coincide with the current tax year.
You may request Publication 1167. This publication cross–references
other similar, related publications that are available for certain specialized
substitute forms that differ from normal form size, that require multi-part
paper stock, or that have other similarly unique features (such as Forms W–2,
and 1099). Publication 1167 also provides actual examples and layouts of some
of the most used IRS forms. Publication 1167 (PDF) can
be downloaded from www.irs.gov or can be found in the Internal Revenue Bulletin
No. 2007–49, under Revenue Procedure 2007–68.
Page Last Reviewed or Updated: December 22, 2008
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