Mailing your Federal return
When mailing a paper federal return you will need to include the federal copy of any W-2s. Also include the federal copy of any forms that have federal tax withheld. Attach them to the back of the Form 1040.
Be sure to sign the return before mailing it.
To mail, please see: Where to File Paper Tax Returns With or Without a Payment
Mailing your State return
When mailing a paper state return, include a copy of the Federal 1040, second copies W-2(s) and any forms that have federal tax withheld. Attach these to the back of your state form.
- Staple your federal and state forms neatly in the top left corner before sending.
- If you forget to attach any applicable forms to your mailed in return:
You should wait until the IRS (or your state Department of Revenue) contacts you for additional information. They will send you a letter requesting the documents. You should attach the documents to a copy of that letter and mail the information back.
Use enough postage.
Double-check your envelope. Does it weigh more than 1 oz? Tax returns without enough postage will be returned.
Label with correct, clear addresses.
Print labels on your computer or neatly write both the destination and return addresses.
Make sure your return is postmarked on time.
Mail your return in a Collection Box® or at a Postal location that has a pickup time before the deadline.
Obtain proof of mailing
They offer Return Receipts, Certified Mail® Service, and Certificate of Mailing Service.
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