Tips for Filtering the File Download Listings

These tips may help you to improve or refine your keyword or character matching, so that you can more easily find and download the files you need.

  • Reorganize the results. You can try changing the sort order or increasing the results shown per page.
  • Try a narrower match. If you have entered a filter but there are too many results for you to browse quickly, try being more specific (e.g., "1040A" instead of "1040").
  • … or a broader one. If you have entered a filter and don't see the file you want anywhere in the listing, try being less specific (e.g., "941" instead of "941 instructions").
  • Capitalization and completeness don't matter. Matching is case-insensitive and will work for portions of larger words (i.e., entering "form" will successfully match "form," "Form," "FORM," "Formal," "Information" etc.)
  • Order does matter. To match multiple words -- or words and numbers -- you must also match the order and sequence in which they occur. For example, "Form 706 instructions" will not match "Instructions for Form 706."
  • If you know the number, use it. To make matching easier, the matching function will ignore spaces as well as most non-alphanumeric symbols in the first column of each file listing ("Number" or "Product Number").  When matching on the first field, you can:
    • Enter "56F" (without hyphen) and successfully match "Form 56-F"
    • Enter "17 SP" (without parentheses) and successfully match "Publ 17 (SP)"
  • Take care with characters. You may attempt to match any combination of letters, numbers, @, /, &, %, (, ), ", hyphens, periods, or commas.  Other characters will return an "invalid character" error message.
  • Browse a list of forms in the Current Forms & Publications listing.
  • Browse a list of publications in the Current Forms & Publications listing.
  • Browse a list of Spanish documents in the Current Forms & Publications listing.
  • Browse a list of Chinese documents in the Current Forms & Publications listing.