Mail track

Tax refund check received by mail: follow it directly to your mailbox

USPS can scan your incoming mail and let you know when your tax refund will arrive.

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This story is part Taxes 2022CNET’s coverage of the best tax software and everything you need to file quickly, accurately and on time.

This tax season 2022the first filers who claimed the earned income or child tax credits can expect their refunds are coming this week whether they have filed electronically and set up direct deposit. However, if you expect to receive a paper check from the IRS, you will want to know exactly when it will arrive.

How are you doing that? The USPS has a tracking service that lets you know exactly when your tax refund will arrive in your mailbox. It’s called informed delivery, and the free USPS service sends you alerts for new mail and transmits images of the front of letters so you know exactly what’s coming. It doesn’t take photos of your incoming packages, but it tracks them and will also allow you to add an electronic signature to receive packages when you’re away from home.

We’ll walk you through how to set up and use USPS Informed Delivery. For more information on tax time and the post office, ask about the the biggest tax changes this year, CNET best tax software for 2022 and how to tell the IRS and USPS that you have moved.

USPS Informed Delivery: Track letters straight to your mailbox

Informed Delivery is a free USPS mail tracking service that automatically scans your incoming letters and can send you an image whenever something bearing your name is about to be delivered.

When the USPS passes mail through its automated sorting equipment, it creates a digital image of the front of all letter-size mail. Anyone who signs up for Informed Delivery can benefit from this information by having USPS notify you when each courier with your name is on its way. Note that activating your account may take three days.

As part of the program, you will receive an email every morning, Monday through Saturday, to let you know when the mail has been delivered. You will also see a grayscale image of the front of the letter. Informed Delivery has free apps for android and iOStoo.

Just know that signing up means you’ll see all mail scanned by post. You can cancel the service at any time. Read on for more details on how to sign up for informed delivery.

You can also track your parcels from the post office

With Informed Delivery, you can check the delivery status of your packages and their expected arrival date. However, the post office does not capture an image of your package. You can use the service to create an electronic signature so that you can receive packages when you are not at home.

USPS Informed Delivery: How to Sign Up for Notifications

Informed delivery has certain limitations. For example, it will work with many residential and personal PO Box addresses, but not businesses. It also won’t work for some residential buildings where the USPS has not yet identified every unit.

To check if Informed Delivery is available in your area, go to Postal Service Informed Delivery Page.

1. Faucet Free registration.

2. Enter your postal address and confirm that it will work with the service; then accept the terms and conditions and press Continue.

3. On the next page, choose a username, password, and security questions. Enter your contact information and press Continue.

4. On the next page, you will need to verify your identity. Faucet Verify identity online if you want to receive a verification code on your phone or press Request the invitation code by email if you want the USPS to mail you a code. You may also have the option of visiting a post office to verify your identity in person.

For more details, here six reasons why your tax refund might be late. Also, here how to register on the IRS website without taking a video selfie.