Does The IRS Really Check Each Postmark For The April 15th Deadline?

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Real Estate Broker Owner with Jane Grant, "Temecula Homes", Southwest Real Estate 01109492

I researched this topic extensively because when I threw my returns into the mail box this evening at the Post Office on Rancho California Road here in Temecula I heard them hit bottom.   The time was 5:03 p.m. and the schedule on the box said last pick up was 5:00 p.m.

This means that the box was empty, or close to it.  There was a big line of cars in front of me and in back of me though.   Does the IRS have staff whose job it is to look at postmarks? Are they going to penalize all the returns mailed on April 16? I find this hard to believe.

This answer it the one that stopped my worries:  I found it on a Q and A somewhere about Tax Filing.......

For the first few days after April 15 the IRS is still getting truckloads of returns. An IRS spokesman candidly admits there's no way they can go through all that paperwork ferreting out schnooks who filed their returns 15 minutes or even a couple of days late.

I also found this:  Being a day or two late is no big deal, but the IRS figures a week or two is enough for even the most disorganized postal districts to get the mail where it's supposed to go. Then things start getting ugly. If you're late and you owe, the P&I clock begins ticking as of the postmark date.

Anybody have any personal experience with this????

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Rainmaker
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Samantha Davault
Fort Worth, TX
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Jane- I am glad to know that those 3 minutes shouldn't cause you a problem.  What would they do to penalize you anyway... charge you one day's worth of penalty and interest.

April 16, 2010 01:49 PM
Rainer
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Randy Hooker
Gilbert, Chandler, Mesa, Queen Creek
Dreamcatcher Realty / Greater Phoenix Area

Jane, I think you should be prepared to be thrown dierctly into the chokey, with no "get out of jail free" card. My wife used to work for the IRS, and I can assure you that common sense is non existent within the IRS. They live and operate by automated systems that cannot 'think' or 'reason'. So if you break one of their automated, detectable "rules", you will surely pay the price.

I know, it's been a long time. But I still love ya girl.   :)

April 17, 2010 11:01 PM
Rainmaker
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Dora & Vincent Kwok
CNE - Chandler, Arizona Real Estate
HomeSmart Real Estate

Hi Jane,

Interesting topic...we've been filing for an extension for the last few years so our deadline is October 15...but then maybe its Oct 16 or 17th...

 

April 19, 2010 12:38 AM
Rainmaker
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Chris Fisher
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Jane - I sure hope they are nice to you.  I have had a bad year with the IRS so I better not say anything because I may curse.  : )  I filed online just to be faster.  Good luck!

April 22, 2010 12:56 PM
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I have two friends who work in the IRS office in Austin, Texas. Indeed they do check the postmark, and if you owe taxes, they don't mind tacking on the penalty for filing late. I used to try to get them to cut me some slack, but they liked their jobs. It's obvious, too, since they now have been with the IRS there for over 30 years.

April 25, 2010 06:18 AM
Rainmaker
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Jane Grant

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