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Help! Where Do I Need to Mail My Tax Return?

Dan Caplinger, The Motley Fool

As you're reading this, you have just one more day before the deadline for getting your tax return completed and filed. For many, electronic filing options make getting your return to the IRS as easy as clicking a mouse button.

Those who file paper returns have to figure out the right mailing address to send in their tax returns. That can be trickier than you'd think because rather than having just one address, the IRS maintains a number of different offices across the country. Which address you use depends on several factors, and it's important to use the right one to make sure your return gets processed in the most timely manner possible.

Row of mailboxes in a rural setting on a clear day.

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How do I figure out where to mail my tax return?

There are three things that matter in figuring out which IRS mailing address to use. They are the state in which you live, the type of 1040 form you're using to file, and whether or not you need to enclose a payment with your return.

If you don't have a payment enclosed with your tax return, then the mailing address will always include the first line "Department of the Treasury" and the second line "Internal Revenue Service." The only thing that will differ is the city, state, and zip code. The table below shows the appropriate information depending on type of return and state of residence.

No payment enclosed

State where you live

City/State/Zip for 1040

City/State/Zip for 1040A

City/State/Zip for 1040EZ

AL, DE, GA, KY, MA, ME, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, SC, TN, VA, VT

Kansas City, MO 64999-0002

Kansas City, MO 64999-0015

Kansas City, MO 64999-0014

AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MT, ND, NE, NM, NV, OH, OK, OR, SD, UT, WA, WI, WY

Fresno, CA 93888-0002

Fresno, CA 93888-0015

Fresno, CA 93888-0014

FL, LA, MS, TX

Austin, TX 73301-0002

Austin, TX 73301-0015

Austin, TX 73301-0014

CT, DC, MD, PA, RI, WV

Ogden, UT 84201-0002

Ogden, UT 84201-0015

Ogden, UT 84201-0014

Data source: IRS.

If you live outside the United States, such as in a foreign country or a U.S. possession or territory, then use Austin, TX 73301-0215 as the city, state, and zip code as the address regardless of which type of return you're filing.

If you DO have a payment to enclose with your return, then the process is a little simpler. In that case, the address is the same regardless of whether you file Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ. The only thing that matters is where you live. All returns with payments should have "Internal Revenue Service" on the first line of the address, followed by the information below.

Payment enclosed

State where you live

Address for all tax returns

AL, GA, KY, NC, NJ, SC, TN, VA

PO Box 931000

Louisville, KY 40293-1000

DE, MA, ME, MS, NH, NY, VT

PO Box 37008

Hartford, CT 06176-7008

AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY

PO Box 7704

San Francisco, CA 94120-7704

AR, IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MT, ND, NE, OH, OK, SD, WI

PO Box 802501

Cincinnati, OH 45280-2501

FL, LA, MS, TX

PO Box 1204

Charlotte, NC 28201-1214

CT, DC, MD, PA, RI, WV

PO Box 37910

Hartford, CT 06176-7910

Data source: IRS.

Those outside the 50 states and D.C. should mail their returns to Internal Revenue Service, PO Box 1303, Charlotte, NC 28201-1303.

Get your return there

Finally, keep in mind that even with the correct address, your return won't get to the IRS if it doesn't have the right postage. Tax returns can be heavier than the bills and letters that you typically send in the mail, and depending on the type of envelope you use, you might have to pay a surcharge compared to traditional mail. If you're not sure what the right amount of postage is, go to your post office with your return and have a postal worker figure it for you.

With the hassle of figuring out how and where to send your tax return by mail, it's not surprising that electronic filing has gotten so popular. Those who still do things the old-fashioned way need to make absolutely sure that all their hard work doesn't land in the lost-mail pile at the post office.

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