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Should a return be lost in the mail, is there some procedure the IRS follows yo advise that your return was not received? and when?

Yes, but you won't like it. The first you'll hear about it is when you get a letter in a year or so asking why your return wasn't filed. If you owed any taxes, by that time the interest and penalties will be substantial (late filing and late payment).

That's why it is always recommended that you mail your returns certified mail, return receipt requested. That provides proof of mailing and proof of receipt.

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