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Why You Should Mail Your Tax Return Via Certified or Registered Mail

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If you’ve been putting of getting your taxes done and in the mail- this is it. Today is tax day and your return needs to be electronically filed or postmarked before midnight tonight.

So what happens if you mail your taxes and the IRS says they didn’t get your return? Unless you can show solid documentation that you put your return in the mail by the end of the day on April 15th, you’re pretty much out of luck.

So, while you’re standing in line at the Post Office waiting to mail your return, keep in mind that it’s better to be safe than sorry and consider sending in your taxes via registered or certified mail so that you can show ample proof that you mailed your taxes on time. It’ll only set you back a couple dollars to send certified or registered and doing so is the proof you could need to show that you mailed the return when you said that you did.

The Post Office will have extended hours today at some locations to make life easier and they’ve got a locator you can use to find out which location near you will be open late.

You can also send in your return through DHL Express, FedEx and UPS. But remember that most private delivery services can’t deliver to a PO box so you’ll want to double check physical delivery addresses with the IRS.

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