How Do You Mail Tax Returns to the IRS?


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To mail a tax return to the Internal Revenue Service, find your return type, view the related return instructions and insert all necessary materials in an applicable envelope. Tax returns are time-sensitive documents, and fees are imposed for late submissions.

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  1. Find your return type

    Individuals and businesses send tax returns to different locations. Find the return type, which is listed at the top of the document. For instance, individual tax returns are noted as number 1040. Once the return type is determined, consider your primary place of residence as various states have specific tax return submission locations.

  2. View the related return instructions

    Find all of the related documentation to be included with your return. In addition, ensure that you have a sufficient number of tax return copies for all purposes. For instance, certain state returns require copies of a federal return. Locate the deadline for the tax return, as this date serves as the required postmark date to avoid late fees.

  3. Mail the return in an applicable envelope

    Include your tax return and all supporting documentation in an envelope. If several supporting documents are included, visit the post office to obtain a more secure package. Check the address listed on the envelope to make sure it matches the address in the tax return instructions, and include a return address.

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