Where and How To Mail Your Federal Tax Returns (2022)

Individuals, including small business owners, can mail their tax returns—Form 1040 or 1040 SR (for older adults)—to a location that's based on their state. You may also be able to use a private delivery service.

This article gives details on where to mail your tax return and how to make sure it arrives on time to avoid late filing penalties.

The location for mailing your return depends on your location and whether you are making a payment. To use the table below, locate your state, then use the address depending on whether or not you are making a payment with your return.

LocationWithout paymentWith payment
Arkansas ,Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri,New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Rhode Island,Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, WisconsinDepartment of the Treasury Internal Revenue Service Kansas City, MO 64999-0002Internal Revenue Service P.O. Box 931000 Louisville, KY 40293-1000
PennsylvaniaDepartment of the Treasury Internal Revenue Service Kansas City, MO 64999-0002Internal Revenue Service P. O. Box 802501 Cincinnati, OH 45280-2501
Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, TexasDepartment of the Treasury Internal Revenue Service Austin, TX 73301-0002Internal Revenue Service P.O. Box 1214 Charlotte, NC 28201-1214
Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee
Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service
Kansas City, MO 64999-0002
Internal Revenue Service
Box 1214
Charlotte, NC 28201-1214
Arizona, New MexicoDepartment of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service
Austin, TX 73301-0002
Internal Revenue Service P.O. Box 802501 Cincinnati, OH45280-2501
Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, WyomingDepartment of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service
Ogden, UT 84201-0002
Internal Revenue Service P O Box 802501 Cincinnati, OH 45280-2501
A foreign country, U.S. possession or territory*, or use an APO or FPO address, or file Form 2555 or 4563, or are a dual-status alien.Department of the Treasury Internal Revenue Service Austin, TX 73301-0215USAInternal Revenue Service P.O. Box 1303 Charlotte, NC 28201-1303USA

*If you live in American Samoa, Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, or the Northern Mariana Islands, see Pub 570.

Deadlines for Mailing your Tax Returns in 2022

The deadline for 2021 individual tax returns is April 18, 2022 for all states except Maine and Massachusetts. This deadline is specific to this year because April 15, the usual deadline, is a holiday in the District of Columbia. Taxpayers in Maine or Massachusetts have until April 19, 2022, to file their returns because of the Patriots' Day holiday in those states. April 18, 2022 is also the deadline for making first-quarter 2022 estimated tax payments to the IRS.

If you request an extension on your 2021 tax return, the deadline to file is October 17, 2022.

If you were affected by a federally declared disaster during the tax year, you may be able to delay filing your tax return or making tax payments. The IRS has a list of declared disaster situations for 2021.

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Deadlines for Small Business Tax Returns

April 18 is also the deadline for small business owners, including:

  • Sole proprietors and single-member limited liability company (LLC) owners filing Schedule C along with their personal returns
  • Partners in partnerships and multiple-member LLC members filing a partnership Schedule K-1
  • S corporation owners filing an S corporation Schedule K-1

Mailing addresses for business filing partnership returns on Form 1065. corporations filing Form 1120 returns, and S corporation returns filing Form 1120-S are provided on a separate IRS webpage.

Make Sure You Mail On Time

The postmark on your envelope is what counts when mailing your tax return. Some post office locations offer extended hours and late postmarking before Tax Day.

You can purchase a certificate of mailing at the post office to prove that you mailed your return on a specific date. Keep the certificate; the post office doesn't keep copies.

Before you mail that return, make sure you have the correct IRS, and include your return address on your mailing label and that you have enough postage.

Using a Private Delivery Service

You can use a private delivery service, but only certain IRS-approved services are acceptable.

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The IRS lists DHL, Federal Express, and UPS as designated private delivery services, but only some of the services from these companies are acceptable, including:

  • DHL Express (DHL):DHL Express 9:00, DHL Express 10:30, DHL Express 12:00, DHL Express Worldwide, DHL Express Envelope, DHL Import Express 10:30, DHL Import Express 12:00, DHL Import Express Worldwide
  • Federal Express (FedEx):FedEx First Overnight, FedEx Priority Overnight, FedEx Standard Overnight, FedEx 2 Day, FedEx International Next Flight Out, FedEx International Priority, FedEx International First, FedEx International Economy
  • United Parcel Service (UPS):UPS Next Day Air Early A.M., UPS Next Day Air, UPS Next Day Air Saver, UPS 2nd Day Air, UPS 2nd Day Air A.M., UPS Worldwide Express Plus, UPS Worldwide Express

Options for E-filing Your Tax Return

The IRS encourages taxpayers to file federal tax returns online, to speed up the process and get your refund faster. You can use tax preparation software or use a licensed tax preparer to prepare the forms and e-file them for you.

If you have a small business, make sure to use the business or self-employed individual option that includes the schedules necessary to record your business income.

You may be eligible to use the IRS Free File for Forms 1040 or 1040-SR if your adjusted gross income (AGI) is $73,000 or less. You can download Free File system's forms and complete them yourself if your AGI is higher than this.

You might be able to qualify for free tax help from the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program if:

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  • Your income is $58,000 or less.
  • You are disabled.
  • You have limited English-language skills.

You might also qualify for the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program (including tax return preparation) if you're age 60 or older.

Filing and Paying Corporate Taxes

You must use approved software or a tax professional who is an authorized e-file provider if you're filing an income tax return for your corporation or S corporation. This includes limited liability companies (LLCs) that elect to be taxed as corporations or S corporations.

Paying Other Business Taxes

Making your tax payments online is the best and easiest way to pay.LLC owners, sole proprietors, or partners in partnerships can use one of several IRS e-pay options, including direct debit from a bank account, credit card, or debit card.

Corporation and partnership returns should use the IRS Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS).

Filing an Extension Application

You can e-file an extension application or mail it to the IRS. There are two application forms, depending on the business type: Form 7004 for corporations and partnerships, and Form 4868 for other business types and personal returns.

You can also use IRS E-File to electronically to request an extension on your personal tax return, which will give you until October 17, 2022, to file. To get an extension, you must estimate your tax liability and pay any amount due.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Where do I mail my amended tax return?

Use IRS Form 1040-X to file an amended tax return. You can e-file this return using tax filing software if you e-filed your original return.

If you are filing Form 1040-X because you received a notice from the IRS, use the address in the notice. Otherwise, use this article from the IRS on where to file Form 1040X. Find your state on the list to see where to mail your amended return.

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How much do you have to make to file taxes?


The IRS has several criteria for determining who must file a tax return. It depends on your filing status (married, single, etc.), the amount of federal income tax withheld from your earnings, and your gross income for the year. Even if your income is low enough to avoid filing, you may want to file to claim the earned income tax credit (EITC) or other tax credits or to get a refund for the year.

You can use the interactive tax assistant on the IRS website, which takes you through a process of answering questions to help you figure out if you need to file a tax return

What happens if you file taxes late?

The IRS charges penalties if you file late, don't prepare an accurate return, or don't pay on time. The agency may also charge interest on penalties if you don't pay the penalty in full. The best way to stop the meter running on penalties is to file as soon as you can and pay as much as you can.

The IRS may reduce the charges if you can show that you acted in good faith or show reasonable cause for non-payment. See this article on penalty relief from the IRS for more information.

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FAQs

How long is the IRS taking to process paper returns 2022? ›

If you filed on paper, it may take 6 months or more to process your tax return. For service delay details, see Status of Operations. The IRS issues more than 9 out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days. However, it's possible your tax return may require additional review and take longer.

How do I send documents to the IRS? ›

You may use your existing email account to send your encrypted documents to your assigned IRS employee at the email address they gave you. If you're uncomfortable emailing your documents, you can send them to your assigned IRS employee with eFax, established secure messaging systems or mail.

How do I know if IRS received my tax return by mail? ›

Find out if Your Tax Return Was Submitted

Using the IRS Where's My Refund tool. Viewing your IRS account information. Calling the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 (Wait times to speak to a representative may be long.) Looking for emails or status updates from your e-filing website or software.

How do I know if the IRS received my tax return by mail 2022? ›

Available on IRS.gov or the IRS2Go mobile app, Where's My Refund allows taxpayers to track their refund through three stages: Return received.

Can you send documents to IRS by certified mail? ›

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What is the best way to send tax documents? ›

Hand Deliver If Possible. The most secure way of passing along documents is the most time-tested one: hand them directly to the recipient. You can put this tactic to work by personally delivering your tax documents to your accountant if at all possible.

What supporting documents do I send with my tax return? ›

What documents do I need to file my taxes?
  • Social Security documents.
  • Income statements such as W-2s and MISC-1099s.
  • Tax forms that report other types of income, such as Schedule K-1 for trusts, partnership and S corporations.
  • Tax deduction records.
  • Expense receipts.
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How long does it take the IRS to accept a return by mail? ›

If you filed on paper, it may take 6 months or more to process your tax return. For service delay details, see Status of Operations.

How long does it take IRS to accept tax return by mail? ›

If you mail a paper Form 1040, U.S. Individual Income Tax ReturnPDF, it can take 6 to 8 weeks to process your return.

How long does it take for IRS to process tax return by mail? ›

If you file a complete and accurate paper tax return, your refund should be issued in about six to eight weeks from the date IRS receives your return. If you file your return electronically, your refund should be issued in less than three weeks, even faster when you choose direct deposit.

How do I get a person on the phone at IRS 2022? ›

Contact an IRS customer service representative to correct any agency errors by calling 800-829-1040. Customer service representatives are available Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time, unless otherwise noted (see telephone assistance for more information).

Are 2022 tax refunds delayed? ›

Is There a Delay on 2022 Tax Refunds? Last year, many taxpayers ended up waiting longer than the usual 21 days — some as long as eight weeks — to receive their refunds as the IRS was dealing with the backlog of returns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The IRS is still working through this backlog of 2020 tax returns.

What day of the week does the IRS deposit refunds 2022? ›

They now issue refunds every business day, Monday through Friday (except holidays). Due to changes in the IRS auditing system, they no longer release a full schedule as they did in previous years.

How long do mailed tax returns take 2022? ›

(updated July 7, 2022) We issue most refunds in less than 21 calendar days. However, if you filed on paper and are expecting a refund, it could take six months or more to process your return.

Is the IRS behind on processing 2022 tax returns? ›

The IRS carried over a backlog of 4.7 million paper-filed Forms 1040 from 2021 to 2022, and it was not able to complete the processing of these returns until late June 2022.

How long are IRS paper returns taking? ›

If you file a complete and accurate paper tax return, your refund should be issued in about six to eight weeks from the date IRS receives your return. If you file your return electronically, your refund should be issued in less than three weeks, even faster when you choose direct deposit.

Why is my tax return 2022 taking so long? ›

Is There a Delay on 2022 Tax Refunds? Last year, many taxpayers ended up waiting longer than the usual 21 days — some as long as eight weeks — to receive their refunds as the IRS was dealing with the backlog of returns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The IRS is still working through this backlog of 2020 tax returns.

How do I get a person on the phone at IRS 2022? ›

Contact an IRS customer service representative to correct any agency errors by calling 800-829-1040. Customer service representatives are available Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time, unless otherwise noted (see telephone assistance for more information).

Why are mailed in tax returns taking so long? ›

What's Taking So Long to Receive Refunds? If you don't receive your refund in 21 days, your tax return might need further review. This may happen if your return was incomplete or incorrect. The IRS may send you instructions through the mail if it needs additional information in order to process your return.

What day of the week does the IRS deposit refunds 2022? ›

They now issue refunds every business day, Monday through Friday (except holidays). Due to changes in the IRS auditing system, they no longer release a full schedule as they did in previous years.

Why is my refund still processing? ›

Reasons Your Tax Refund Can Be Delayed

Errors such as an incomplete filing status. Missing information. A need for additional review. Possible identity theft or tax fraud.

How far behind are federal tax refunds? ›

The bad news is that the IRS still has a backlog of millions of unprocessed 2021 returns that were filed this year, the vast majority of which are paper-filed returns. As of July 29, it had 10.2 million unprocessed 2021 individual returns.

Why has my refund been accepted but not approved? ›

An incomplete return, an inaccurate return, an amended return, tax fraud, claiming tax credits, owing certain debts for which the government can take part or all of your refund, and sending your refund to the wrong bank due to an incorrect routing number are all reasons that a tax refund can be delayed.

Is the IRS processing any paper returns? ›

Filed a Tax Return (updated October 21, 2022) We are opening mail within normal time frames, and we've processed all paper and electronic individual returns in the order received if they were received prior to March 2022 and the return had no errors or did not require further review.

Is the IRS still processing paper returns? ›

Please File Electronically

While the IRS continues to make progress handling unprocessed 2021 paper tax returns, paper tax returns are processed manually in the order they are received so they not only take us longer to get to, but they also take longer to process.

How fast does the IRS accept returns? ›

When you e-file, it typically takes 24 to 48 hours for the IRS to accept your return. Once your return is accepted, you are on the IRS' refund timetable.

What month do tax refunds come 2022? ›

2022 IRS refund schedule chart
Date taxes acceptedDirect deposit sentPaper check mailed
March 15 – March 21March 28April 4
March 22 – March 28April 4April 11
March 29 – April 4April 11April 18
April 5 – April 11April 18April 25
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Does the IRS count weekends as Processing Days 2022? ›

The IRS works weekends during tax season, so it's 21 days, not "business days". However, if you mail your tax return, your 21 days of processing starts when the IRS gets your actual paper documents into the system. As such, paper returns take up to 12 weeks or more to process.

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