The "Record Layouts" are provided for the reproduction of DOR's scannable tax forms. The record layout is a 6 lines per vertical inch and 10 characters per horizontal inch spacing grid provided by DOR specifying the exact placement of all OCR-readable fields. Scannable tax forms submitted to DOR for approval must adhere to the record layouts provided for in the grids and must also adhere to the specifications set forth in the "Guide."

If you have any suggestions or comments on how to improve these forms, please contact us. Due to the volume of comments received, we will probably not be able to respond to you individually. However, we assure you that the information you provide will be taken into account to improve our forms.






Grids for Record Layouts:
Form 2 1-D Record Layout
(Revised 11/22/05)
2005 pdf format of    2_gr.pdf

Form 2G 1-D Record Layout
(Revised 12/08/05)

2005 pdf format of    2g_gr.pdf

Schedule B/R 1-D Record Layout

2005 pdf format of    sch_br_gr.pdf

Developer's Guide for Form 2 and Form 3
(Revised 11/30/05)

2005 pdf format of    Form2_3SpecsTY05.pdf



2005 Major changes

The following changes have been made since the November 15 posting.

Addition of 25 character field in row 62, column 15 on ALL pages for time/date stamp (not highlighted on pdf);

Forms 2 and 2G inserted "May DOR discuss this return with preparer" language in signature section;

Form 2, page 3, line 39 inserted "X" field before "Brownfields" text and deleted "X" field after "Low-Income Housing" text;

The following changes have been made since the October 26 posting-

Form 2, page 1 registration section added Amende Return fields; and

Form 2, page 2, line 31, added fill in field if filing Schedule D-IS.

Schedule B/R, State of Legal Domicile field limited to two characters.

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Or you may write to us at:

Massachusetts Department of Revenue
Publishing Services Office
PO Box 9554
Boston, MA 02114-9554
Attn: Forms Manager

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