After you complete your return, the next step is to send it to the IRS. You can do so by mailing it in the old-fashioned way or filing it online. Below, you'll find more information about your filing options.
Filing Your Return Electronically
If you have access to the Internet and an email address, you can file a tax return electronically using the IRS's "e-file" system. The IRS offers four ways to e-file your return:
The IRS also allows you to pay your taxes electronically using its online system. You can specify whether you would like your refund deposited directly into your bank account or mailed to you by check.
E-filing has several benefits over filing by mail. For one, most tax preparation software will do the math for you and help you catch careless errors. Electronically filed tax returns also tend to be processed faster than paper returns, which means you'll get your refund faster if you're owed one.
Mailing Your Return
Alternatively, you could mail in your tax return. Before you do, it's worth double checking your forms to make sure they're accurate and the calculations are correct. Be sure to include a check or indicate when you'll pay your taxes if necessary. Just like e-filing, you can choose to receive your refund by check or by direct deposit.
Finally, make sure you're sending your tax returns to the correct address. If an addressed envelope came with your tax forms package, you should use it to mail your return. If you don't have an addressed envelope, check the IRS's site for the specific addresses for each state and each type of tax return.