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So I filed my taxes mailed in the info. I cant track anything but I got something back because I forgot to sign the paper I mailed in. Is it going to take even longer now to receive the return? It took me a month to even get the thing back that needed to be signed and re shipped 

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Yes, it goes back into the queue once they receive the signed copy back.  Per the IRS:

COVID-19 Mail Processing Delays

It’s taking us longer to process mailed documents including:

  • Paper tax returns, and
  • All tax return related correspondence.

We are processing all mail in the order we received it.

Do not file a second tax return or call the IRS.

Expect extended delays if you mailed your return or responded to an IRS Notice.



Level 15


Yes now it will take longer.   When you did not sign your tax return and had it returned to you and then had to sign and mail it back---it was just like being sent to the back of the line again.   Sorry.  Mailed returns take longer to be processed, so it will likely take at least a couple of months for your return to be processed.



 It can take 3-4 weeks  (or longer since the IRS is backlogged) for anything to show up on the IRS site when you mail a tax return.  Expect 6-8 weeks for complete processing of a mailed return.


If  you mail a tax return (or a payment) to the IRS, it is a good idea to use a mailing service that will track it like UPS or certified mail so you will know it was received.


When you mail a tax return, you need to attach any documents showing tax withheld, such as your W-2’s or any 1099’s. 


TurboTax will not know anything about your mailed return, and will continue to show “Ready to Mail” on your account.  TurboTax will not know that you put your tax return in an envelope and took it to a mailbox.  TurboTax does not get updates on mailed  (or e-filed) returns.


When the IRS opens its mail and begins to process mailed returns you can check the status on the IRS site.


State returns have to be mailed to the state.

**Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to offer the most correct information possible. The poster disclaims any legal responsibility for the accuracy of the information that is contained in this post.**
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