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My return was lost a couple of years ago. It was returned as "unrecovered mail" by the post office 3 months later with 2 or 3 cents postage due.

I did realize that the check hadn't yet cleared and was watching for the next bank statement.

It was very costly.

I now always try to get proof of mailing.

If you're in that position, somehow stop the clock running against you.

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