Do U.S. post offices supply free tax forms during the federal tax season?


Quick Answer

Some U.S. post offices have tax forms available in limited numbers. Post offices, libraries and other public facilities request to receive forms through the Tax Forms Outlet Program, according to the Internal Revenue Service. Citing the increase in electronic filing, the IRS restricts the number of locations in a region.

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In 2015, the IRS reduced the forms and instructions available in this program, reports the official website for Senator Robert P. Casey Jr. As a result of IRS budget cuts, printed Forms 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ are available in small numbers, but printed instructions are not. The IRS also stopped sending form 8635-S, which is the form participants in the Tax Form Outlet Program use to order printed tax forms.

The IRS provides forms for download from its website, by phone order or for pickup at Taxpayer Assistance Centers. Taxpayers placing phone orders can call a toll-free number on the IRS.gov website and receive the forms in the mail. The IRS does not provide a list of locations that participate in the Tax Forms Outlet Program.

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