Do you worry that the IRS will take forever to get back to you about your taxes? If you mail them the old-school way, you have a right to be concerned. The reality is that the IRS can take a long time to process traditional mail due to being understaffed. Because of this, it’s best to send your taxes (or any other important documents) to the IRS electronically.
Electronic vs Paper Tax Filing
The main reason? Deadlines. When you send mail to the IRS electronically, your taxes will be considered filed on the date of the electronic postmark. While traditional mail (U.S. mail, Priority Mail, Express Mail) is also considered filed on the postmark date, it only counts if the IRS receives it.
The unfortunate reality is that traditional mail can go undelivered and even get lost. If the IRS doesn’t receive your mail or they lose it, you’ll have no evidence that you mailed it on time, if at all. If you insist on sending your taxes or other documents to the IRS through physical documents instead of electronic ones, then send them one of the following ways:
- Certified or registered U.S. mail (Save your receipt)
- Two-day or better service from FedEx, UPS, or DHL Express (Save your receipt)
The reason to use these is that the IRS will consider the document filed on the postmark date even if they don’t receive it. If you still need help filing your taxes or you want to get a head start on next year’s tax season, we can help!
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