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I'm using TaxCut and they recommend using either certified mail or one of the overnight services like FedEx, etc.

I thought I had read that using services like that could possibly delay your return since someone has to sign for it.

I was thinking of simply sending it first class mail with a tracking option (I think it costs $.45 or something).

And of course, the only return I'm really concerned about is my federal since I owe about $500.

Any thoughts?

If you simply mail your return first class and it gets lost or damaged in transit, the IRS will consider the return as not having been filed. This will subject you to late filing and underpayment penalties. You will have to prove that you filed the return and paid your taxes on time.

If you send your return via certified mail or using an approved delivery service, your dated receipt is proof that you filed timely. If the envelope arrives at the IRS empty, the burden of proof switches to the IRS. They have to prove that you didn't actually include a return or payment in the envelope.

None of this may seem logical, but logic has nothing to do with it. It has been tested in the courts and this is the way it is.

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