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Millions Will File Taxes in Paper Form Today, yet the IRS No Longer Provides Tax Guidance on Paper

Apr 15, 2015

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WASHINGTON – American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Donna Harman today issued the following statement on Tax Day and the impact of the IRS decision to no longer provide printed instructions for completing tax forms.

“Today marks Tax Day -- a day on which Americans are required to fulfill their civic duty to file their tax forms. Unfortunately, the citizens of our country are not given the option of getting tax instructions in paper form from the IRS. The irony is stark for a government agency to make a unilateral decision not to provide communications through paper means, when 23 million tax returns were submitted on paper just last year. Americans fulfilling their obligations deserve the same from their government and should be provided the option of paper communications.” 


The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative - Better Practices, Better Planet 2020. The forest products industry accounts for approximately 4 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures over $200 billion in products annually, and employs approximately 900,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 47 states. Visit AF&PA online at or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.