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2-D Barcode Filing for Oregon

What is a 2-D barcode?

2-D barcode
2-D barcode filing is an alternative way to file a paper Oregon return.

A two-dimensional (2-D) barcode is a “picture” of the information in your return, and it stores the information along the height as well as the length of the symbol. This is printed on the front page of your return. The barcode is similar to the one you have on the back of your Oregon driver’s license.

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Why should I use a 2-D barcode?

A machine reads the information in the barcode so it doesn’t have to be manually entered into our computer system. This makes the information you send us more accurate and reliable than a hand-written return.  It also helps us process your return more quickly and cost-effectively.
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How do I use 2-D barcoding on my personal income tax return?

You can file your Form 40S, 40, 40N, or 40P with a 2-D barcode by using a tax preparer or an Oregon-approved tax software package that offers 2-D barcode.
 

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How does 2-D barcoding work on my corporate tax return?

You can file your Form 20-S or 20 by using a tax preparer or an Oregon-approved tax software package that offers 2-D barcode.

2-D barcoding is not available for any other type of Oregon corporate return at this time.

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How do I read my 2-D barcode?

The barcode is only machine-readable. It contains the information displayed on the lines of your tax return. The barcode also contains additional information from the following forms and schedules: Form W2, Form 37, Form 10, the Oregon Amended Schedule, Schedule OR-ASC and Schedule AP.
 
If you are filing Form 40, 40N, or 40P the barcode also contains information from your federal return needed to process your Oregon return.

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When is my 2-D barcode return due?

The due date for 2-D barcode returns is the same as for other types of returns.
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What do I need to send to the Oregon Dept. of Revenue?

  • Attach a copy of your federal return to your 2-D barcode return just as you would to a regular Oregon return.
  • Attach Form 40-V, Oregon Income Tax Payment Voucher, and your payment to the front of your return if you have tax to pay. Exception: Do not attach Form 40-V if you pay with a credit card.
  • Attach all Oregon forms and schedules required to be attached to a traditional Oregon return.

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Filing 2-D barcode returns for Registered Domestic Partners (RDP)

You should consult your software provider before purchasing their product to ensure that it can create an RDP return. When you have completed and reviewed your returns on your computer, follow these steps to ensure that your income tax returns are filed correctly.
 
  1. File your individual federal forms with the IRS.
  2. After completing your “as if” federal return, use the appropriate Oregon form (40, 40S, 40N, 40P) to file jointly or separately. Use the information from your “as if” return to complete your Oregon return(s).
  3. Submit the following to the Oregon Department of Revenue:
  • Your original federal return(s), labeled “RDP ORIGINAL,”
  • Your “as if” federal return, labeled “RDP FOR OREGON ONLY,” and
  • Your original Oregon return.

If you and your partner file separate Oregon returns, please send the returns in the same envelope, but do not staple your separate returns together.

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Where do I send my 2-D barcode return?

Personal income tax returns
 
The addresses for mailing your 2-D barcode personal income tax returns are different from the addresses for traditional returns.
 
Mail 2-D barcode refund returns or no-tax-due returns to:
REFUND
PO Box 14710
Salem OR 97309-0460
Mail 2-D barcode tax-to-pay returns to:
Oregon Department of Revenue
PO Box 14720
Salem OR 97309-0463
 
Corporate tax returns
 
The addresses for mailing your 2-D barcode corporate tax returns are the same as the addresses for traditional returns.
 
Mail 2-D barcode refund returns or no-tax-due returns to:
REFUND
PO Box 14777
Salem OR 97309-0960

Mail 2-D barcode tax-to-pay returns to:
Oregon Department of Revenue
PO Box 14790
Salem OR 97309-0470

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Will my 2-D barcode return be reviewed?

Any return, no matter how it is filed, may be reviewed by the department. However, the 2-D barcode tax software helps check your return for errors before you send it to the department. 2-D barcode filing is usually more accurate, so there is less chance your return will be reviewed or adjusted in processing.
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How do I fix a mistake on my 2-D barcode return?

If you have not mailed your return, you must re-print the entire return after you make any changes. All of your return information is in the 2-D barcode on the first page. It is very important to follow your software instructions when making changes to barcode returns. Make sure to print and send to us the entire updated return. This will help avoid unnecessary processing delays.

If you have already printed and mailed your return, you will need to file an amended return.

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I need help with my software. Can the Dept. of Revenue help me?

No. For software-specific questions, contact your software company. We are not technical experts on all 2-D barcode software and cannot provide product assistance.

However, the department does conduct 2-D barcode software testing each year. The testing ensures the tax software carries the correct information and prints the barcode so our equipment can read it.

Our staff is only available to assist you with general tax questions.

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Client's copy of the return

If you are a paid tax preparer or a software vendor, the copy of the return you provide to your client must be an exact copy of the tax return you submit to the department.
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