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While not invalid question the answer is that each link is pretty darn secure.

Furthermore, you have to compare it to the other option - how secure is the USPS? How often does mail get dropped or lost? Can you trust all the people who touch it along the way? What if you print postage and leave it in a mailbox, how often do thefts from mailboxes occur? What about the filing rooms at the IRS and the IRS employees - how trustworthy is each individual envelop opener?

I dont mean to imply that you should be frightened of mailing, but each way has their own small, unlikely, but still possible risks.

Btw, my girlfriend's tax return had tracking on it, but never registered as delivered with the postal service even after several weeks. Eventually - over a month later - the IRS computers acknowledged receiving it, but not before she had already put a fraud alert on her credit report just in case. It doesn't make much sense to be highly concerned about the small, unlikely, but possible risks of a computer system, and ignore the small, unlikely, but possible risks of a human system - nor vice versa.
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