March 7. 2012 | Mary Lou Gervie
Don’t File Your Tax Return at a Local IRS Office
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is always anxious for tax returns to be filed, but don’t bother hand carrying your tax return to an IRS office for filing anymore. The IRS wants to stop the practice of taxpayers dropping off their return(s) at a local office solely for processing and mailing when the returns can be mailed directly to an IRS Processing Center or electronically filed. You might be turned away at the door if your motive for filing at a local office is to get your Form 1040 date stamped.
There are exceptions to this new IRS proclamation. If a taxpayer is facing financial harm or undue hardship, such as to file delinquent tax returns or establish an Installment Agreement, then the local office should receive and process the return(s).
The friendlier IRS is now becoming short of staff and is encouraging all taxpayers to e-file their returns. Just remember not to bother walking into a local IRS office to file your return.
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