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Re: "1-800-829-4477 Topic @301 is quite specific that the postmark prevails"

That appears to be all the evidence needed.

This is one of those that's pretty easy to find, so I did some research. Code section 7502 says that if you mail it timely, it's treated as time filed/paid. If you mail it late, it's treated as filed/paid the date IRS receives it.

It used to be IRS procedure that a timely item was not date stamped on receipt nor was the envelope saved. If an item had a late mailing date, the receipt date was stamped on the item and the envelope attached.

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