Mailing A Tax Return to the IRS or Your State

Question:
How do I mail a tax return to the IRS and/or state if I cannot e-file? For example, if I don't have my prior year AGI or current IP PIN?



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Most returns can be e-filed, but some may need to be mailed or you may need to mail your return for other reasons. To mail your return, follow the instructions below.

Sign in to your eFile.com account and confirm that all of your information entered is correct. Be sure to check your forms under Federal Taxes > Review and review the bank account provided. Then, click on the My Account link in the top menu.

Click on the PDF icon for the tax return you want to mail in which will open the PDF in a new window. Print this full document as you will need various parts of it.

Separate the printed document into sections:

  1. Federal return
  2. Each state return.

1. Mailing Your Federal IRS Tax Return

Confirm the bank information is correct on the return if you are having your refund deposited to a bank account. As of 2020, when you mail your return, you can provide a bank account for direct deposit.

Sign page 2 of the Form 1040 and date it as well. Make sure the Occupation field is filled in and complete the IP PIN boxes if you were assigned one by the IRS (you do not need this, but if you know it, you can enter it). If you are married and filing a joint return, your spouse will also have to complete their portion of the signature section. Your federal tax return is not considered a valid return unless it is signed. You may also consider providing a phone number in the line item.

1040 Form Mail Return - Sign and Date

Attach any schedules and forms behind your Form 1040 in the order of the "Attachment Sequence No." shown in the upper right-hand corner of the schedule or form - see image below. For supporting statements, letters, etc., arrange them in the same order as the schedules or forms they support and attach them last. Attach copies of income forms W-2, 1099, and other income documents to the front of your Form 1040.

Attach Tax Form Sequence

The IRS address you use depends on where you live and whether you are enclosing a check or expecting a refund. You can find the right IRS mailing address to use here. You should send your return through the U.S. Postal Service with a method for delivery tracking so you will know when the IRS receives your tax return. Note that it could take up to 6-8 weeks for the IRS to process your mailed tax return.

2. Mailing Your State Tax Return

To file your state return(s) by mail, you will follow a similar process to the federal return.

Confirm the bank information is correct on the return if you are having your refund deposited to a bank account. Make sure to sign and date the main form, then attach all of the supporting documents and income forms, similar to the federal tax return instructions above.

The proper mailing address to send your return is typically on the main state tax form page of your PDF. You may also find the proper mailing address on the eFile.com state page for your state. Click on your state in the interactive map below and you will be taken to your state page where the proper mailing address will be at the bottom of the individual state page.

You should send your state return through the U.S. Postal Service with a method for delivery tracking. This way, you will know when the state receives your return.

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