DE 7X Print Specifications Rev. 1 (7-00) (INTERNET)
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DE 7X, ANNUAL RECONCILIATION STATEMENT REV. 1 (7-00)
COMPUTER OR LASER GENERATED ALTERNATE FORMS
These specifications reflect the new revision of the Annual Reconciliation Statement, DE 7X. The
Employment Development Department (EDD) is now using new equipment to process tax forms and
the following requirements and restrictions are necessary to accurately process these forms.
Computer or Laser Generated Alternate forms only:
• Bar code and target marks are required on alternate formats. If it is not possible to add a bar
code, a Form Identifier String can be used to identify the alternate form.
The new equipment is not compatible with dot matrix printing and we will no longer approve
new dot matrix alternate formats. California employers may still use their dot matrix printers to
print on forms provided by EDD. Approval of alternate forms is based on our ability to
accurately capture the data provided at a read rate of at least 95 percent. Dot matrix alternate
formats do not meet the criteria.
EDD images the data recorded on the DE 7X and our equipment is programmed to read data printed
in black ink. For this reason, zones around the data to be captures must be kept clear of black
printing. Data that is captured is indicated with an asterisk * in the print and line instruction
and line/position changes are indicated in bold print.
Do not try to align your alternate form to the enclosed sample alternate DE 7X as reproduction has
caused distortion. An original DE 7X is not available at this time for you to use to test the alignment
of your alternate format. One will be mailed to you as soon as it becomes available.
ALL FORMS MUST BE SUBMITTED FOR APPROVAL PRIOR TO USE
Please submit test samples for testing and approval. The test samples should include 25 original
documents, no photocopies. We will report test results to you within two weeks. Address the test
Alternate Forms Coordinator