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 Record Layout
2008 pdf format of form 3.pdf
Schedule 3K-1 Record Layout
2008 pdf format of sched. 3k-1.pdf

2008 Major Changes

Changes that have been made to Form 3 and associated schedules are highlighted on the pdfs.

Schedule 3K-1, line 5h deleted Home Energy Efficiency Credit (expired) and renumbered rest of item accordingly

Changes to record layouts since October 17 posting-

All anchors on all pages:
Top left anchor moved from cell 06-04 to cell 07-05.
Top right anchor moved from cell 80-04 to cell 79-05.
Bottom left anchor moved from cell 06-61 to cell 07-60
Bottom right anchor moved from cell 80-61 to cell 79-60

2D Reserved Area on all pages:
Outer darker box moved from cell 04-40 to cell 05-39.
Inner lighter box moved from cell 05-43 to cell 07-41.

Date and time stamp on all pages:
Moved up one line, from 62 to 61.

You may e-mail us your comments - please include in the subject line of the message "Forms." 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