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Tax Documents Mailed - Mail Delayed

So I escaped the big USSA and closed down my business in California, the most overbearing business unfriendly State I've ever had the misfortune of doing business with. Anyway, so my accountant filed an extension and taxes are due to be mailed tomorrow, Monday October 15.

I mailed my tax documents to California to also be signed by another person. Mailed expedited mail through Swiss Post on Tuesday October 2 and mail has still not arrived.

Did anybody here encounter delayed post of "documents" from Switzerland to the US?
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Old 14.10.2012, 21:19
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Re: Tax Documents Mailed - Mail Delayed

When you say 'due to be mailed', is that a 'euphamism' for 'last possible mailing date' ???
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Re: Tax Documents Mailed - Mail Delayed

Unless you sent the mail enschreibena and can track the letter sent to California to be signed, you're pretty much screwed.
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Re: Tax Documents Mailed - Mail Delayed

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...my accountant filed an extension and taxes are due to be mailed tomorrow, Monday October 15. I mailed my tax documents to California to also be signed by another person. ...Did anybody here encounter delayed post of "documents" from Switzerland to the US?
First class (or "expedited") mail from Europe (CH-FR-DE--etc) to the US normally takes 1-2 weeks, and has been that slow for several years. The delay is entirely on the US side, apparently since mail is carefully screened for anthrax ...or clandestine UBS memos

The good news: Calif accepts the postmark as "timely filing" (which follows the IRS' policy that "timely mailing is timely filing").

The bad news: you wrote that you sent the returns to someone else (not to the Calif tax authority), in which case the postmark on /their/ letter to the Calif tax dept is what counts.
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Re: Tax Documents Mailed - Mail Delayed

we just send our docs for the greencard on September 18th. It arrived October 7th........paiinful
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Old 15.10.2012, 16:30
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Re: Tax Documents Mailed - Mail Delayed

well, I am not sure that they quibble over a few days? In the past I sent in returns past April 15 and never had troubles, but at the time I was a lowly student and I am sure they weren't all that concerned with my $15k salary
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Re: Tax Documents Mailed - Mail Delayed

Thanks for the replies. They ended up arriving on the 15th and as such were signed and postmarked in California right at the deadline.

Funny, other things I have had mailed to the US via regular and not expedited arrived within 7 days whereas the one thing I really needed there quickly took 13 days

At least my last US tax return was filed on time
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