Date of Purchase For Stamp Printed Online Does Not Override Postmark Date.

 In this case, the taxpayer got a deficiency notice letter from the IRS (90-day letter) and had to file a petition with the court by March 3, 2014.  The taxpayer printed a stamp from stamps.com on March 3 and put it on the envelope containing the petition and dropped off the envelope at the post office.  The post office affixed a post-mark of March 4 and the IRS claimed that the petition was late based on the USPS post-mark.  The court agreed with the IRS based on Treas. Reg. Sec. 301.7502-1(b)(3) which says that the USPS postmark controls when it is combined with a different postmark.  Under the facts of the case, the taxpayer actually went to the post-office and mailed the petition certified, but because of long lines, put the envelope in a box and didn't get a hand-stamped receipt.  Sanchez v. Comr., T.C. Memo. 2014-223. 

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