Taxpayers strive to get their tax returns in the mail on time, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, returns may sit in mail facilities for days. The IRS says taxpayers don’t need to worry if they follow the “mailbox rule:” a paper return is deemed to be filed on the date of the postmark, even if the IRS doesn’t log the return in for days or weeks. This applies whether you use the U.S. Postal Service or a private delivery service (PDS) designated by the IRS. The mailbox rule doesn’t apply if a non-designated PDS is used, and those returns must be received by the due date to be timely. To prove the IRS has received a paper return, send it by registered or certified mail.  Call or visit our website for more information!