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luisa-wiegand
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I don’t understand what federal printed and ready to mail means. What do I need to do? And why I have to do that because last year it wasn’t a problem

 
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AndreaC1
Level 9

I don’t understand what federal printed and ready to mail means. What do I need to do? And why I have to do that because last year it wasn’t a problem

If you are seeing "Ready to mail or Printed," it just means that you chose the File by Mail option instead of e-File or your return is not eligible for e-filing. You will need to print and mail your return if you choose to file a paper return or if your return is not eligible for e-file. Your return is only e-filed when you manually click the Transmit Returns button; it’s not done automatically for you.

This link will give you the instructions on how to print and mail if you are using the TurboTax Online version of the software and need to mail the return How do I print and mail my return in TurboTax Online?

If you chose the File by Mail option by mistake, you can switch to e-file using the steps below. Click on "Switch to e-file in TurboTax Online versions" or "Switch to e-file in TurboTax CD/Download versions" below (depending on which one you used to complete return) and it will show you the instructions for how to do that. 

NOTE: If you try to switch to e-file and it doesn't allow you to, you can find some reasons listed here When a tax return can’t be e-filed no matter what you do that would be the cause for not being able to e-file your return. And in this case, you need to print and mail.

https://ttlc.intuit.com/replies/3985787

Katie christian
Returning Member

I don’t understand what federal printed and ready to mail means. What do I need to do? And why I have to do that because last year it wasn’t a problem

I Mailed my  taxes in February  and it says ready to  mail? I should of got my  taxes by now 

xmasbaby0
Level 15

I don’t understand what federal printed and ready to mail means. What do I need to do? And why I have to do that because last year it wasn’t a problem

@Katie christian

 

 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. https://www.irs.gov/refunds

 

State returns have to be mailed to the state.

https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/1899433-how-do-i-track-my-state-refund

**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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