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(Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)   Cool: Check from IRS lands in your mailbox. Less cool: Check to IRS lands in your mailbox   (triblive.com) divider line 35
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2014-04-19 01:20:07 PM  
FTFA:  The online tracking service shows the tax return arrived at the IRS facility in Kansas City, Mo., on April 1.

I think I see the problem.
 
2014-04-19 01:38:57 PM  
What kind of luddite files their taxes on paper?
 
2014-04-19 01:39:12 PM  
So now accidentally getting a piece of mail meant for someone else is all it takes to make the news?
 
2014-04-19 01:40:19 PM  
Piece of mail goes to wrong address. STOP THE PRESSES

/no really. Stop the presses you dumb farkwits and write about something important
 
2014-04-19 01:45:47 PM  
Who pays anything with a check
 
2014-04-19 01:48:19 PM  

orange storm: Who pays anything with a check


The old man in front of me with three items.
 
2014-04-19 01:49:44 PM  

orange storm: Who pays anything with a check


Oh wait...

www.geekation.com
 
2014-04-19 01:53:03 PM  
I have a healthy fear of the IRS. This would bother me.
 
2014-04-19 01:54:21 PM  
Did this submission get stuck to a green-worthy submission? I'm just trying to account for how it ended up being approved.
 
2014-04-19 01:55:45 PM  

orange storm: Who pays anything with a check


I had that discussion with a client trying to pay her US taxes. She had to because she did not have a US bank account or a credit card with a sufficiently high limit.

Taxes are one of the few things that kind of makes sense to pay via cheque (occasional high value purchases). We also have clients that give use post dated cheques (the second good use of cheques being postdated cheques for various purposes) to mail to the government when each installment is due so that they don't need to worry about it during the year.
 
2014-04-19 01:58:09 PM  
Well, we already knew about two serious problems with the US Postal Service:

(1) Stamps aren't a nickel anymore
(2) Grandchildren don't use it to write to me

And now to that we can add

(3) A few of the billions of pieces of mail get delivered to the wrong place

Strike three, "the mail." Get ready to feel my wrath as soon as I get done yelling at this cloud.
 
2014-04-19 02:00:47 PM  
I've gotten mail from the other side of town, but the same street number. I've gotten mail from next door. Never another state.

A Squirrel Hill man often gets mail addressed to other people on his street, or people with the same house number on other streets in Pittsburgh.

Yeah this.
 
2014-04-19 02:01:47 PM  
Also, if you paper file, always file send it via registerred mail. You want that receipt in the event that the IRS comes knocking on your door wondering where your return and/or payment are. You provide the reciept and a copy of your return and/or a new cheque and they will usually be quite happy and not charge you interest and penalties.
 
2014-04-19 02:02:17 PM  
Hey, I used to live in Squirrel Hill.  No one ever sent me money by mistake.
 
2014-04-19 02:05:34 PM  
That's nothing. The USPS was telling folks they had late pickups for taxes at specific branches and all the branches in the area that were supposed to be open, were closed. When questioned about it the next day they laughed.
 
2014-04-19 02:05:36 PM  
OMG! Everybody Panic!
 
2014-04-19 02:06:09 PM  
CSB:
I was picking up some electrical/sewer permits from the state of NJ (we were doing a bridge for a the DOT and they let us put our yard on a piece of property they owned) one time and got some....  Extra stuff.  While I was at the office I just looked in the envelope, saw the permits, and left.  When I got back to the office to look through the entire packet I found there was a good dozen+ checks made out to the state included in the envelope.
 
2014-04-19 02:08:39 PM  
So?  Write wrong address on it, stick it back in the mailbox and lift the flag.  No need to make this a big story.

/AW's
 
2014-04-19 02:10:50 PM  

darwinpolice: Hey, I used to live in Squirrel Hill.  No one ever sent me money by mistake.


I'd like to live in Money Hill, but I'm afraid of someone might send me squirrels by mistake.
 
2014-04-19 02:11:11 PM  
I blame Kevin Costner.

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2014-04-19 02:11:55 PM  

LazyMedia: What kind of luddite files their taxes on paper?


Well when you get 2 different pensions from before 86 (one state, one fed) plus social security disability, it breaks the software of most "free" filing places. It gets really confusing when they are survivor's benefits that outlived the originator yet are determined based on date of death before the first moon of the millennium unless it is a blood moon or a tuesday... etc. etc.
 
2014-04-19 02:14:33 PM  
Our mailman has been known to just drive by and toss the mail in our yard bundled together with a rubber band. Packages usually just get left by the mailbox even if it's raining.
 
2014-04-19 02:26:16 PM  

eljasbo: Our mailman has been known to just drive by and toss the mail in our yard bundled together with a rubber band. Packages usually just get left by the mailbox even if it's raining.


It aint just mail. My father ordered an external hard drive as a christmas present few years ago that he never received. In the spring, once the snow melted he found what was left of a box beside his step. Turns out either UPS or FedEx (can't remember which now) just tossed it by his step on a snowy day.
 
2014-04-19 02:30:36 PM  
And then they wonder how Email became so popular.
 
2014-04-19 03:23:09 PM  
Piece of mail stuck to another piece of mail " I know this has a different meaning in San Fran", but there is no story here.
 
2014-04-19 04:32:58 PM  

dywed88: We also have clients that give use post dated cheques (the second good use of cheques being postdated cheques for various purposes) to mail to the government when each installment is due so that they don't need to worry about it during the year.


I had no idea the IRS honored postdated checks like that.  As far as I've heard businesses are under no obligation to not cash a check if you've given them possession of the check.
 
2014-04-19 04:34:44 PM  
The Post Office is just screwing with him. They have nothing better to do.
 
2014-04-19 05:08:34 PM  

orange storm: Who pays anything with a check


People who had to go to the ER in Melbourne, FL, and then get a bill from the doctor whose office only accepts checks or money orders.

/weren't we supposed to get unified billing as part of health care reform?
 
2014-04-19 05:51:59 PM  

markfara: I have a healthy fear of the IRS. This would bother me.


Like the IRS would charge you interest for holding a check meant for them?  And at the same time, fining the writer of the check with late fees.  That kind of fear?
 
2014-04-19 06:19:12 PM  

lack of warmth: markfara: I have a healthy fear of the IRS. This would bother me.

Like the IRS would charge you interest for holding a check meant for them?  And at the same time, fining the writer of the check with late fees.  That kind of fear?


Why, yes. That very kind.
 
2014-04-19 07:48:34 PM  

LazyMedia: What kind of luddite files their taxes on paper?


Well efile screwed up my returns for both this year and last year, so I'm gonna have to figure out where to get those forms from.
 
2014-04-19 07:57:26 PM  

LazyMedia: What kind of luddite files their taxes on paper?


People who owe money and want to pay the government on the last day possible, since there is zero incentive to pay early.

Or in other words, me.

This year's check was for $25.  I've had to pay several hundred times that in various years.
 
2014-04-19 08:08:45 PM  

Sharksfan: LazyMedia: What kind of luddite files their taxes on paper?

People who owe money and want to pay the government on the last day possible, since there is zero incentive to pay early.

Or in other words, me.

This year's check was for $25.  I've had to pay several hundred times that in various years.


When you file electronically, you can have it automatically transfer the funds on April 15. That's how I did my state taxes.
 
2014-04-19 08:59:11 PM  

davidphogan: dywed88: We also have clients that give use post dated cheques (the second good use of cheques being postdated cheques for various purposes) to mail to the government when each installment is due so that they don't need to worry about it during the year.

I had no idea the IRS honored postdated checks like that.  As far as I've heard businesses are under no obligation to not cash a check if you've given them possession of the check.


No, I work at an accounting firm. If you pay us enough we will send the cheques in when they are due.
 
2014-04-19 11:40:13 PM  
For those naysayers complaining about him going public with this I think it's to bring attention to not only receiving mail intended for the IRS, but to address the problem with him often getting mail intended for others & not receiving mail he knows was sent to him.

Perhaps he hopes this will get the attention of the post office and they'll make more of an effort. Likely a futile effort on his part, but worth a try.
 
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