Department of the Treasury

Converting Paper Tax Returns to Electronic Format

For individuals that use tax software to prepare their income tax return, but insist on printing it and filing a paper tax return, we should work with tax software companies on a way to print bar codes (either on one page or, preferably, at the bottom of each page) of the tax return that can be scanned at the IRS office and easily converted to an electronic format.

 

This will help eliminate transcription errors at the IRS centers, and expedite the processing of the tax return and detection of any errors.

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