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"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 versions 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, excepting Form W-2G)
Form W-3 (series, excepting Form W-3(C)PR)
Form 1096
Form 1097 BTC
Form 1098 (series)
Form 1099 (series)
Form 5498 (series)

If you are an employer or business needing to order information returns (all series of forms W-2, W-3, W-4, 1096, 1097, 1098, 1099, 3921, 3922, 5498, and other products), please visit our ordering page for employer and information returns at Online Ordering for Information Returns and Employer Returns.

Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 06-Jan-2015