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    Do You Mail Tax Returns Regular Mail - Or Registered OR Certified OR Some Other Way?

    Do you use regular mail for your tax returns? I'm just afraid that they will be lost, so I feel the need to mail them some special way (certified or registered). But, is this crazy? I'm sure most of them just get dropped in the mail and make it to the IRS just fine. What do you do?

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    I have a government tax office a few minutes' walk from my workplace, so I go for a short walk one day at lunchtime and just drop it off in a huge (secure) box.
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    Our accountant always advises to mail them certified with "return receipt requested" so you have proof they received them. It only takes a few minutes to do it that way and I think it just costs a couple of dollars...

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    I mail mine certified with return receipt. This year it cost around $5.60 and is worth it to me for the peace of mind of knowing for sure that they actually made it to Atlanta!
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    The majority of our clients, individual as opposed to corporate, opt to have us e-file now.

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    i e-file mine. i like getting the confirmation of receipt nearly instantly. (oh, and i so rarely actually have a good ink cartridge in my printer that half the time i literally can't mail them in )
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    Another "certified, return receipt" here. Certainly worth the few $$ for the piece of mind.

    (Always mailed my mortgage payments the same way, too. Amazing how many times those receipts were needed to prove the payments had been mailed out, and in plenty of time, to avoid a late charge, too. Mailing to a PO box without a specific person named always makes me nervous...)
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    This year was the first "certified" mailing. Thanks to my neighbor's return getting lost last year!
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    We e-file now, but before that was available, we sent them with proof of delivery only if we were submitting a payment. If ou don't owe, the IRS doesn't care if the taxes are late. Never had a problem (here or in Canada).

    As for mortgage payments, we have auto withdrawl - there is never any question about late payments that way.

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    I efile. BEfore efile, I just sent them regular mail. But I love that I can file and have my refund within 2 weeks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by funnybone View Post
    As for mortgage payments, we have auto withdrawl - there is never any question about late payments that way.
    Our motgage has been paid off for a long time now, way before e-banking was ever dreamed up.
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    My accountant does the efile thing and I mail in the check -- I am always much happier to PAY taxes than receive a refund -- know I am in the minority but a refund just means that the government had the use of my money for a year.

    I have never had any problems with a lost refund in 40 years of filing and truthfully if one actually did file and it was lost in the mail (highly unlikely) there wouldn't be any real life repercussions.
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    There is something you can get for 95 cents, proof of mailing. that is what we do. If it gets lost, you are still going to have to replace the document, so, all you need is the proof that you mailed it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blazedog View Post
    I am always much happier to PAY taxes than receive a refund -- know I am in the minority but a refund just means that the government had the use of my money for a year.
    I agree with this in principle, but it is always nice to get a little extra boost... our accountant actually apologized last year, because we got a refund!

    By the time we send ours in this year, no one else's tax return will be in the mail... we need an extension!

    I just usually mail it regular mail, but we keep a copy of EVERYTHING!
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    We've efiled the last several years. Prior to that I always just used the envelope provided by the fed or state to mail it, no extras.
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    I efile. If you owe taxes, you can also have the amount automatically withdrawn from your bank account so that you don't have to mail a check. I efile my return when it is done, and just sent up the payment to be withdrawn on the 15th (or, this year, the 17th -- I am not giving them my money a single day earlier than I have to!).
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    I have always done my own taxes in the past and always sent it regular mail and never thought of sending it any other way. This year I had H & R Block do my taxes and I chose the e-file with a check sent to me and received it yesterday. I had my taxes done in March, about 4 weeks ago.
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    We e-file. It's the fastest, easiest, and safest way.

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