IRS no longer mailing paper income tax packages

Due to the dramatic increase in the number of taxpayers using paid income tax preparers or efiling their returns the IRS has stopped mailing tax packages.

For the 2009 income tax filing season, just 8% of individuals completed and returned traditional paper income tax returns. About 96 million income tax returns were e-filed and another 20 million paper returns were completed and submitted by paid preparers on behalf of taxpayers. As a cost cutting measure to improve efficiency the IRS sent postcards in October 2009 to individuals who filed paper returns for 2008 and did not use a paid preparer. 

The postcard provided information on filing alternatives There are numerous free options available for taxpayers: • Taxpayers can still get the necessary forms and instructions online at, or by visiting local IRS offices or participating libraries and post offices. • Individuals who meet the Earned Income Tax guidelines can use the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program for free tax preparation and, in many cases, free electronic filing. • Individuals aged 60 and older can take advantage of free tax counseling and basic income tax preparation through Tax Counseling for the Elderly. • IRS Free File provides options for free brand-name tax software or online fillable forms plus free electronic filing. Everyone can use Free File to prepare a federal tax return. Taxpayers who make $58,000 or less can choose from approximately 20 commercial software providers. There’s no income limit for Free File Fillable Forms, the electronic version of IRS paper forms, which also has free e-filing.