The Internal Revenue Service offers most, but not all, tax forms in downloadable and printable versions on its official website, IRS.gov. Forms that the IRS classifies as “Information Only” forms are not downloadable from its website. The IRS offers these forms in their printed versions by mail at no cost.
Information forms are forms designed to be read by machine, notes the IRS. Because of this, the IRS prints them with special ink on special paper. Some “Information Only” forms include Forms W-2, W-3, 1096, 1097 BTC, 1098, 1099 and 5498. Taxpayers order these forms by clicking on the Forms & Pubs tab on IRS.gov and then clicking the More Information link from the left-hand side of the page. From there, taxpayers click on the “Information Only” Forms link for ordering information.