I get this thing called “informed delivery” from the post office. Every morning, around 9 am, I get an email with photos of my mail that is being delivered that day.
I got it because I travel often, and sometimes I get important business stuff in the mail, so this way if I see anything that needs to be attended to, I can ask my neighbor, who takes my mail in for me when I’m away, if she can open it and let me know what it says.
Truth be told, that has never happened. It’s been about 10 years that I have this service and I don’t think I’ve ever had to have something opened because it was important and couldn’t wait until I get home.
I try not to look at it daily because my mail comes late – sometimes 6 pm and if I see something that I question or concerns me, I worry about it all day. Like yesterday – this happened yesterday.
I saw a notice/letter from the IRS. All day I worried about it. Do I owe them money? Are they going to audit me? What is it?
Finally, about 6 pm, I went to the mailbox, got the mail and know what it was? A pin code that I requested a week before. Apparently to get into your IRS account online, you need a pin code, which they send via snail mail.
This happened not long ago. I saw an IRS notice and freaked out and when I ended up opening it, it was a letter telling me they were adding interest to a refund they owed me. Since they were late sending out the refund, they added interest.
I’m thinking of getting rid of “informed delivery” or at least not looking at it when it arrives in my email.
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I completely identify ! Fortunately for me there isn’t very often anything in the mail that rises to the level of unknown IRS correspondence. The other thing about informed delivery is that it may show up in the email one day but actually not be delivered until the next.
That’s true about the delay. A few times I was waiting for something, saw it in Informed Delivery that it was coming that day and it didn’t show up until a few days later.