Important Information on Bulk Tax Form Orders
The Department of Revenue has started to discontinue the practice of processing bulk orders of paper tax forms. For the 2018 Tax Year, this change will affect libraries, post offices and tax preparers/certified public accountants.
This decision was made due to the fact that the majority of the paper tax forms provided by the department through its bulk ordering process are not used by customers when they file their returns. Research the department conducted shows that nearly 90 percent of the roughly 750,000 paper tax forms annually provided through this process are never returned to the department. These forms are printed at an annual cost of $500,000 to the commonwealth’s citizens.
This change mirrors a similar policy decision made by the IRS more than five years ago. It also aligns with the department’s ongoing efforts to provide electronic filing options for taxpayers. Ultimately, filing electronically helps the department operate more efficiently, process returns more quickly and reduce errors that result from the filing of paper returns.
Here are some of the electronic options offered by the department:
1. File the PA-40 Pennsylvania Income Tax Return online
Taxpayers can file their PA-40 Pennsylvania Income Tax Return online, at no cost, with PA Direct File
2. Access the PDF versions of tax forms from the department’s website
PA-40 Pennsylvania Income Tax Return
PA-1000 Property Tax or Rent Rebate Claim
Please see the Save Time, Go Online flyer for additional information on electronic filing options.