In case you haven’t heard, the IRS has decided not to automatically mail out forms for paper returns this year. Instead, taxpayers who filed paper returns last year will be receiving a postcard in early October – right about now – with instructions on how to get forms if they need them.
This change is primarily a cost-savings initiative, and it’s being driven by the growth in e-filing. In fact, just 8% of tax filers used forms that came in the mail last year, with the rest either e-filing or using a professional preparer or software package.
As far as states go, I’ve heard that at least a few will be making similar changes, though I don’t have an exhaustive list. Feel free to leave a comment if you know how your state is handling things.
P.S. Don’t you just love that they’re mailing you something to tell you that they’re not going to mail you something?