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 3 1-D Record Layout   
Schedule 3K-1 1-D Record Layout   
Developer's Guide for Form 2 and Form 3
(Revised 11/30/05)

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);

Form 3, line 2 addition of 32 character field for business activity;

Schedule 3K-1, new item 5h for Home Energy Efficiency Credit (subsequent relettering).

Form 3 addition of "Date Business Started" field;

Form 3, page 3, deleted line 21 "Other Income" (renumbered 22-29 accordingly)

Schedule 3K-1 expanded "Type of Partner" fields in registration section (due to space constraints on page 1 of Schedule 3K-1, line 15 moved to top of page 2;

Schedule 3K-1, deleted line 13 "Other Income" (renumbered 14-32 accordingly)

Three new lines have been added to Schedule 3K-1, page 2, lines 30-32, Partner's Share of Profit, Loss and Capital.

You may e-mail us your comments - please include in the subject line of the message "Advance Proofs." Do not include any personal tax information about yourself or others (e.g., names, addresses, Social Security or employer ID numbers).

Or you may write to us at:

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