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Well, I called the company again and they advised sending a new check with an appropriate cover letter including my account number.

I did so a week ago, but as of last night they haven't gotten it.

(Nor have I gotten my unsigned check back, that they said they'd send me.)

I was waffling on trying some other last minute trick or just giving up on contributions for 2001.

But according to Tom Jacobs, it doesn't matter as long as the letter and check do get there eventually.

Another thing: Your contribution, like your tax return, need only be postmarked by April 15. So, if you're worried that your IRA contribution check has to clear by April 15 and that you are too late, no way. Just get it in the mail by Monday.

So that is reassuring.
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