According to a story in The Washington Post, The Internet Revenue Service will not mail out instructions or paper forms for the tax year 2011.
This change is expected to save the government $10 million annually and is happening because more Americans are filing online. According to the article only about 11.5 million people who filed paper tax returns in 2009 had received paper tax forms in the mail. The IRS normally starts mailing out the 2011 Form 1040 packages at the start of the new year. Last years’ mailing totalled 44 pages.