If you want to send a paper tax return to the Internal Revenue Service, you need to learn how to file a tax return by mail. This is similar to mailing any other package or letter. However, since tax returns are important documents, you should be especially careful when filing a return by mail.
- Make a copy of your tax return. Once your return is in the mail, you won't have it any more. Keep a copy for your records, because you may need information from it later. It's also important to have a copy on hand in case your original return is lost in the mail.
- Place your tax return in an envelope. Make sure you include all necessary forms and documentation in the envelope. If you need to send in a payment, your check should be in the envelope as well.
- Address the envelope. Your tax return lists several mailing addresses. Which one you should use depends on where you live and whether you are filing a return for an individual or a business. Whether or not you are sending a payment with your return is another factor that determines which address you will use.
- Purchase the correct amount of postage. If you're not careful to put the correct postage on the envelope, you risk not having your tax return delivered. Weigh your envelope on a postage scale so the postage will be exact.
- Drop the envelope off in a mailbox or at the post office. This is the final step in filing a tax return by mail. After you've put your return in a mailbox, it's in the postal service's hands. The postal service will deliver it to the Internal Revenue Service.