File My Return with TaxAct

To file a return in TaxAct®, you must complete the filing steps in the program. To begin the filing process, click Filing (on smaller devices, click in the top left corner of your screen, then click Filing). You will choose to either file your return electronically or mail a paper return to the IRS/state agency.

Filing Electronically

To file your return electronically, you must click E-File during the filing steps. Continue through the filing screens until you are presented with a Submit E-File button. Click this to submit your return(s).

After submitting your return, it is your responsibility to ensure that it is accepted by the IRS or state agency. To check the status of your electronically filed return, please see the TaxAct E-File and Tax Refund Status webpage.

Filing a Paper Return

To file a paper return, you must click Mail Paper Return during the filing steps. Continue through the filing screens and you will be prompted to print a copy of your tax return. Additionally, you'll be prompted to print the filing instructions (which will let you know where to mail your return). To complete the paper filing process, mail your return to the address specified in the filing instructions.


  • File your return, schedules, and other attachments on standard-sized 8.5 x 11 paper. Cutting the paper may cause problems in processing your return.
  • If you have not completed the previous steps for either Filing Electronically or Filing a Paper Return, your return has NOT been filed.
  • TaxAct does NOT have the capability to check the status of mailed paper returns. To check the status of your paper return, please call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040.

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