"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 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, 3922, 5498, and other products), please visit our ordering page for employer and information returns at Online Ordering for Information Returns and Employer Returns or call 1-800-829-3676.

The 2015, 2016 and 2017 revisions of the following Information Returns have been changed to Electronic Only, available on IRS.gov. These forms are now all fillable and can be downloaded or printed from IRS.gov.

Form 1099 CAP
Inst. 1099 CAP
Form 1099 H
Inst. 1099 H 
Form 1099 LTC
Inst. 1099 LTC
Form 1099 QA
Inst. 1099 QA and 5498 QA
Form 1099 SA
Inst. 1099 SA and 5498 SA
Form 5498 ESA
Inst. 5498 ESA
Form 5498 QA
Form 5498 SA