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The IRS Address to File Taxes

The IRS Address to File Taxes

Whether you’re mailing in a late return or just prefer to paper file, here’s where you can mail your return

In 2013, we are well into the era of e-file, so much so that the vast majority of taxpayers now send their return in to the IRS electronically. But there are some people out there who prefer to kick it old school and snail mail a paper copy of their return to the IRS. Alternately, if you are filing a late return from a previous year, the IRS doesn’t give you any choice – you have to mail it in.

So after you complete your return and breathe a big sigh of relief (or take a shot of tequila, if you’re Oprah), make sure you know where you’re mailing your return. There’s nothing worse than scrambling to find out where to mail your return as the clock ticks down the final hours of the tax season.

Here are the addresses of the IRS processing centers where you can mail your return, depending on what state you live in and whether you include a check or money order.

If you live in…

And are NOT including check or money order

And are including check or money order

Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas

Department of the Treasury

Internal Revenue Service

Austin, TX 73301

Internal Revenue Service

P.O. Box 1214

Charlotte, NC 28201

Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

Department of the Treasury

Internal Revenue Service

Fresno, CA 93888

Internal Revenue Service

P.O. Box 7704

San Francisco, CA 94120

Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Wisconsin

Department of the Treasury

Internal Revenue Service

Fresno, CA 93888

Internal Revenue Service

P.O. Box 802501

Cincinnati, OH 45280

Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia

Department of the Treasury

Internal Revenue Service

Kansas City, MO 64999

Internal Revenue Service

P.O. Box 931000

Louisville, KY 40293

Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia

Department of the Treasury

Internal Revenue Service

Kansas City, MO 64999

Internal Revenue Service

P.O. Box 37008

Hartford, CT 06176

A foreign country, U.S. possession or territory, or use an APO or FPO address, or file Form 2555, 2555-EZ, or 4563, or are a duel status alien

Department of the Treasury

Internal Revenue Service

Austin, TX 73301

Internal Revenue Service

P.O. Box 1303

Charlotte, NC 28201

Also, be careful as you drive to the post office! Every year, car crash fatalities actually spike by 6% around Tax Day. Tax Day is actually just as dangerous for drivers as Super Bowl Sunday! So after you’ve correctly addressed your envelope and affixed enough postage, drive safely on your way to the post office. All of this information, and more, can be found on the last page of the IRS’s 1040 Instructions. Or you can take a look at this handy map on the IRS site that makes things even easier.
Remember, if you’re filing at the last minute, you need to make sure you stick enough postage to your envelope. If there’s not enough, the post office will return it to you and the IRS will consider it late. Another great thing to include: a return address. You don’t want your return lost in the postal netherworld as IRS penalties and interest pile up on it.

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13 Responses to “The IRS Address to File Taxes”

  1. Elizabeth McBride says:

    I owe taxes for this year filing (2012). I would like to know if I can arrange payments and if I can pay off early with out penalty. Also would I be charged interest on said owed amount ($5150.00)?

    • admin says:

      Hi Elizabeth,

      You will have to contact the IRS to see if you can work out a payment plan. Generally you have to demonstrate that you really aren’t able to pay in order for them to grant you a payment plan. I’m not sure what you mean by pay off early, but if you haven’t either paid or worked out an installment plan with them by April 15th you will have to pay penalties and interest.

  2. Edelmira says:

    what part the W2 need to send to IRS if I do by mail.Thank

    • admin says:

      Hi Endelmira,

      You should have gotten an extra copy of your W-2 in the mail and you can just put this in the same envelope with your tax return and keep one of the other copies for your records.

  3. Linda says:

    You can avoid penalty by filing an extention of time to file. but you will accured a small amount of interest.

    • To Linda says:

      Linda, you have to send an estimate of what you owe or you will still owe a penalty. For example, if you estimate you owe $800 and the actual return says $1,000, you will be charged a penalty for the $200 shortage. If you sent nothing with the extension, you owe a penalty on the entire amount.

  4. Ebz says:

    Can I take late returns to my local IRS, or must I mail them to the addresses
    ie Texas?

  5. Yisong Zhu says:

    I moved from IL to FL in March 2013. In 2012, I lived in IL for the whole year. Where shall I mail the 2012 tax return, by using IL residence (2012) or FL residence (now)? Tomorrow is the last day for filing extension. Thanks.

    • admin says:

      Hi Yisong,

      Send it to the address that corresponds to where you live now (and make sure to put your current address on the tax return). Did you know that today is the last day to e-file? You could also try doing that, as it will be much faster and easier.

  6. James says:

    ther is a certain address i need to send my late 2008 return. The IRS gave me the address but i lost it and i cant contact them now because of the SHUT-DOWN. I live in Texas but I remember the address is in Cincinnati Ohio.

  7. Sheila B says:

    Your response to James may have been incorrect if he received a NOTICE from the IRS concerning his 2008 taxes. IRS
    notices are handled differently and they have specific addresses where you need to send the response or information to.

    If he did not receive a NOTICE from the IRS, then your response is correct.

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