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Q: Individual Income Tax Return Preparation ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Individual Income Tax Return Preparation
Category: Business and Money > Accounting
Asked by: ffunm-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 03 Jun 2005 11:17 PDT
Expires: 03 Jul 2005 11:17 PDT
Question ID: 529005
When preparing a federal income tax return, does the IRS *REQUIRE* the
use of all captial letters? And, if so, what states require all caps?

Request for Question Clarification by richard-ga on 04 Jun 2005 10:37 PDT
Do you really need the answer for 50 states?
At this price I expect I could come up with the answer for federal
income tax and one or two states, but not 50.

Clarification of Question by ffunm-ga on 05 Jun 2005 06:38 PDT
No not all fifty. How about Missouri and Arkansas?
Subject: Re: Individual Income Tax Return Preparation
Answered By: richard-ga on 05 Jun 2005 08:39 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello and thank you for your question.

With a few exceptions, below, all you need to do is type or print
entries, if possible, using black ink.

The exceptions are certain forms, usually where there are individual
boxes for each letter that need to be machine-read, and the place
where you would need to write in capital letters a substitute for the
mailing label that the IRS provides.

For example:
Use the IRS label.  Otherwise, please print in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS

Marking Instructions for Tax Form 8655:? Use black or blue ink only. ?
Please print legibly. Use one character per block. ? Use only capital

Please use ALL CAPITAL LETTERS in the spaces provided

Topic 752 - Form W?2 ? Where, When, and How to File
It is your responsibility, as an employer, to file Copy A of Form W-2 (PDF), 
Type all entries using black ink and, if possible, a 12?point Courier font.

It's the same in Missouri.  If a form needs to be scanned for coding,
there are certain lines where all caps are needed.  Otherwise it's not

Arkansas wants blue or black ink, but they don't specify capital letters.
For example,

In searching for 'capital letters' issues, I came across some tax
protestor nonsense, for example
There is no magic surrounding legal names, capital letters, etc., and
you should ignore these sorts of sites.

Search terms used:
"capital letters" instructions
"capital letters" instructions missouri tax

Thanks again for letting us help
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