Mailing Your Tax Return This Year? What to Know Before You Do

There are plenty of reasons not to mail your tax return this year, but here’s what you should know if you are.

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IRS data show only approximately 6% of taxpayers mail their tax returns, and for good reason. filing electronically is easier, safer and faster, but it isn’t an option for everyone. Despite recent IRS processing improvements that expanded e-filing availability, some taxpayers still need to file by mail. 

Here’s how to tell if you should file a paper tax return this year and what you should know before you do.

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Katelyn Washington
Former Tax Writer

Katelyn has more than 6 years of experience working in tax and finance. While she specialized in tax content while working at Kiplinger from 2023 to 2024, Katelyn has also written for digital publications on topics including insurance, retirement, and financial planning and had financial advice commissioned by national print publications. She believes knowledge is the key to success and enjoys providing content that educates and informs.