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2009-04-13

This time of year, you might be asking yourself, "How should I mail my tax return?"

I'm not a lawyer, an accountant, a financial advisor, or a doctor, but this page at the IRS seems to support the idea that you should send your tax return certified return receipt via the US Post Office:

http://www.irs.gov/irb/2004-43_IRB/ar12.html

I used to always get a certificate of mailing because I once thought I heard that was what the IRS recognized, but the above page seems to suggest that might not be good enough if you need to prove you mailed it.

I found the above link here:

http://www.fatwallet.com/forums/finance/597478

Here's someone who disagrees, in case you're looking for justification for just dropping it in the mail and not worrying about it:

http://www.rossde.com/certified_mail.html