They say the only things certain in life are death and taxes.
The Internal Revenue Service announced that it will no longer mail out paper tax forms to Americans, effective 2011. The move is designed to save everyone's favorite government agency a little cash - about $10 million a year.
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"With the continued growth in electronic filing and to help reduce costs, the IRS will no longer mail paper tax packages that typically arrive in January of each year," the agency said in a postcard mailed to taxpayers.
The IRS will save money by not having to print and mail the thick, 44-page packet of information, tax tables and Form 1040s.
If you don't want to file electronically, here are your options for getting paper tax forms:
- Log onto IRS.gov, where you can download and print the latest tax forms.
- Drop by your local IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center.
- Go to your local post office or library if they participate in the federal tax products program.
- After Jan. 1, you can also dial the IRS toll-free hotline and ask them to mail you the paperwork. The number is (800) 829-3676.
The IRS has been encouraging taxpayers to file electronically for years.
About 96 million taxpayers filed electronically in 2010, and another 20 million submitted their forms to the IRS through professional tax preparers, according to the agency. By comparison, only about 11.5 million taxpayers who filed paper tax forms had received them in the mail.