Why does my state return look different when I print it out?
Many states require tax software to include special formatting on paper-filed returns, such as bar codes, which can be read by their computers.
Although your state return printout may look odd or wrong to you, it's completely acceptable to your state, as it enables your state to process your return more quickly and efficiently.
In addition, some printed state returns, such as New Jersey's, don't have any grid lines to comply with their state's regulations for computer-generated tax returns.
You may also notice that the filing instructions that printed with your state return contain a different mailing address than the mailing address on your state's website or in their printed tax booklets. This is because returns with special formatting are processed at a different location.