Department of Treasury says not to staple documents when filing tax returns

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Published: Mar. 1, 2017 at 5:31 PM EST
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(03/01/17) - The Department of Treasury is telling people not to staple documents when they file their tax returns.

The Treasury receives more than 1 million pieces of mail each year. For every staple used, mail operations staff members have to remove and recondition affected documents before scanning and processing, slowing down individual income tax refunds and other services.

You are asked to use binder clips, paper clips and rubber bands for fastening state tax documents together.

Staples should only be applied where tax form instructions advise you to use them.