Filing Paper Returns
Last Updated on December 06, 2012
Although filing electronically is faster, has fewer errors, and you get your return much more quickly, some people still prefer to file on paper. The following information will assist you in obtaining, completing, and submitting paper forms.
Obtaining Paper Forms
Utah no longer publishes income tax booklets, so the forms are not available in libraries or post offices. All forms are available at tax.utah.gov/forms/. You can fill out the forms using your computer, but you may not be able to save the information. This page describes why you can't save the information.
If you are unable to download and print a form, you can contact the following:
- 801-297-6700 in the Salt Lake area
- 800-662-4335 ext. 6700 outside the Salt Lake area
When requesting forms by email, include all of the following information:
- Your name
- Your complete address
- The form names and numbers you need. If you would like all of the income tax forms and the instructions, you should request an "Individual Income Tax Packet."
Completing Paper Forms
Paper returns are read by a scanner, so please follow these guidelines to ensure accurate and timely processing of your returns:
- If possible, complete the PDF form using your computer, then print it. This will produce a very legible form.
- If you're unable to use a computer to print the completed form, then use clear, legible handwriting.
- Use black or dark blue ink only. Do not use pencil or felt tip pens.
- Enter only whole dollar amounts on all forms – no cents.
- If a line or box does not apply to you, leave it blank. Do not enter a zero or line on the line.
- Do not use dollar signs, commas or parentheses.
- If entering a loss, use a minus sign in front of the number.
- Make a copy of the completed return for your records.
- Sign and mail the original return with any schedules that were needed.
- Do not mail schedules that did not have information.
- Do not mail a copy of your state return to the IRS or a copy of your federal return to the state, unless the instructions indicate to (such as when amending returns).
Where to Send Your Return
This page lists where to mail your return. If you're sending a paper return, there are many documents that you might need to include. See this page for complete information.