"Information only" Forms
Some forms provided as electronic files on IRS.gov are for "information only" and should not be reproduced on personal computer printers and filed with the IRS. The printed, paper version of these forms are developed as "machine readable" products. As such, they must be produced using special paper, special inks, and within precise specifications.
The list below identifies these "information only" forms. Additionally, a cover page is included with the downloadable file that may have more specific information concerning the individual product including possible fines for improper use.
Form W-2 (series)
Form W-3 (series)
Form 1098 (series)
Form 1099 (series)
Form 5498 (series)
Form 5500 (series)
The printed version of these forms may be obtained by calling 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676) or by ordering online at forms and publications by U.S. mail or employer forms and instructions.
Page Last Reviewed or Updated: July 21, 2008