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I am looking for the title to a 1960's short story about a man who discovers that he is an android after an accident. He discovers how to open the control panel in his stomach area and finds his programming or his "life" is on a very slowly moving punch tape that is read by an optical scanner. He punches extra holes into the tape and finds that it alters his reality. In the end...

he decides to terminate himself since he isn't human and none of what he perceives is real, it's only programming. He slices the tape just before it goes under the scanner knowing this will end his program and his "life".

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This isn't a match, but you seen "Demon with a Glass Hand?" from "The Outer Limits," written by Harlan Ellison and aired in 1964? A man named Trent has no memories older than ten days. His left hand has been replaced by a hand-shaped computer. Three fingers are missing; the computer tells him they must be reattached before it can tell Trent what is going on. Well, Trent is not what he appears to be and . . . – rosesunhill Mar 15 at 22:37
I added spoiler markup in a suggested edit for the end of the question. I would have not moused over it, in anticipation of reading the story. :-) – T.J. Crowder Mar 16 at 10:20
It's the story of your life... oh wait! – Burgi Mar 17 at 10:52
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The Electric Ant, by Phillip K Dick

"...Garson Poole ... finds out that he is an 'electric ant' – an "organic" robot. He further finds out that what he believes is his subjective reality is being fed to him from a micro-punched tape in his chest cavity..."

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I was going to say that sounds like any number of PKD stories – NKCampbell Mar 15 at 22:47
I was going to suggest this myself. It's a very close match except for the end. There is a fuller summary here: – rosesunhill Mar 15 at 22:53
Yes, that's it...The Electric Ant. Thanks for the quick answer. – Phil Mar 15 at 23:33
@rosesunhill how is the end not a match? I'm sure that's what happens. – moopet Mar 16 at 9:55
@Phil don't forget to click the checkmark to indicate a correct answer. – FuzzyBoots Mar 16 at 11:54

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