Tax Return Lost in the Mail? Don’t Let it Happen to You

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Thousands of tax returns are lost in the mail every year in one way or another. With the millions of returns being sent in such a compressed timeframe, there is bound to be a few that are lost, damaged, or eaten by the dog chasing the mail carrier. Keep in mind once you send your return if you don’t have tracking on it, you won’t know if it got delivered until you get a letter stating you never filed. Don’t let that happen to you.


Make sure when you send your return it is signed for or there is proof of delivery. The best way to avoid any issues is to send your tax return to an IRS Processing Center street address so that a Private Delivery Service (PDS) can deliver it. What’s a PDS you ask? A PDS is a carrier like UPS or FedEx. If you use a PDS it’s the safest way to send the return that way you keep it away from the millions of other returns being handled by the US Postal Service.

However, if you do send your return to an IRS Processing Center using a PDS you must send to the below addresses an NOT the regular addresses listed in the instructions.


Submission Processing Center Street Addresses for Private Delivery Service (PDS)

Private Delivery Services should deliver returns only to the following Submission Processing Center street addresses:

Normal Delivery LocationProcessing Center Street Address
Austin – Internal Revenue Submission Processing Center3651 S IH35,
Austin TX 78741
Cincinnati – Internal Revenue Submission Processing Center201 West Rivercenter Blvd.,
Covington, KY 41011
Fresno – Internal Revenue Submission Processing Center5045 East Butler Avenue,
Fresno, CA 93727
Kansas City – Internal Revenue Submission Processing Center333 W. Pershing,
Kansas City, MO 64108
Ogden – Internal Revenue Submission Processing Center1973 Rulon White Blvd.
Ogden, UT 84201

These are the addresses as of February 29, 2016. Please check the IRS website for updated address to confirm. Tax Return PDS Delivery Addresses

Send your returns to the submission processing center designated for your type of return: Where to File Tax Returns – Addresses Listed by Return Type

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