GLC: The Government Liaison Committee works with taxing agencies to create products that are compatible with new government processing systems. When representatives from taxing agencies, automated processing vendors, and the software vendors work together, they can resolve issues and make recommendations for improvement. When implemented, these recommendations can help taxing agencies streamline their return processing, resulting in reduced costs. The GLC created this Tax Form Design Standards manual to assist in that effort.

Forms Design Standards

Substitute Forms Approval Sheet

EFC: The Electronic Filing Committee works with the IRS and state taxing agencies, researching and developing the electronic filing process. More returns are filed through this system every year, making it especially important for the links between processor and receiver to be error-free and efficient. These standards are designed to assist in the transition to electronic filing.

Electronic Filing Standards

2-D Barcodes: The NACTP and the FTA developed these standards for 2-D barcoding on tax forms.

2-D Barcode Standards (opens in a new window)

PIRC: The Payroll and Information Reporting Committee has developed standards which provide guidelines to be considered by taxing authorities who handle withholding, unemployment insurance, information reporting, and payroll issues. These guidelines address forms design, manual and automated return processing, electronic filing of wage documents, and government compliance.

Payroll and Information Reporting Standards

Payroll and Information Reporting Standards - Sample Specifications

SUT: The Sales & Use Tax Committee works with state and local agencies researching and developing the electronic filing process. The goal of the Sales & Use Committee is to increase taxpayer adoption of electronic filing by making it less complicated to implement, easier for a taxpayer to process and error free. These design standards, developed by SST and the FTA are to be considered by agencies. A goal of the Committee is to develop standards for paper forms.

Streamlined Sales Tax

Full Electronic Return