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So let's say I have a tax home where I pay mortgage/rent, but since I won't be there for 3 months at a time, would it be okay to use a mailbox forwarding address/service or relative's address for mail, so that my mailbox doesn't fill up with junk mail while I'm away?

I will use my tax home address for important things such as BON address, tax returns, insurance, etc. but I have a lot of junk mail (i.e. credit card offers, store ads/coupons) that I don't want to pile up at my actual tax home mailbox.

And I don't want to bother relatives to come and check up on my mail either.

Would using another address just for mail jeopardize my tax home?

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PacoUSA has 7 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in PCU / Telemetry.

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No, it would not.

I have a virtual mailbox service that I use to get my mail. All my mail gets sent there and the front of the item gets scanned and I view it online (looks like an email account with pictures). Then I have the option of having items shredded or mailed to me or even opened and scanned if they are that important to be seen right away (haven't used that service yet). I used to have a PO Box at home and it was too much of a hassle to have people check it and mail me stuff. This however gives you more control. These services are designed for traveling professionals, RV owners and the like. There are several out there, just Google "virtual mailbox services."

To answer your question more succinctly, when you accept an assignment, you should be completing a form that declares your tax home address, and this would be where you actually reside, not the mailing address you use. There is a difference.

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No, it would not.

I have a virtual mailbox service that I use to get my mail. All my mail gets sent there and the front of the item gets scanned and I view it online (looks like an email account with pictures). Then I have the option of having items shredded or mailed to me or even opened and scanned if they are that important to be seen right away (haven't used that service yet). I used to have a PO Box at home and it was too much of a hassle to have people check it and mail me stuff. This however gives you more control. These services are designed for traveling professionals, RV owners and the like. There are several out there, just Google "virtual mailbox services."

To answer your question more succinctly, when you accept an assignment, you should be completing a form that declares your tax home address, and this would be where you actually reside, not the mailing address you use. There is a difference.

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Thanks for the reply. I am planning to do the virtual mailbox too!

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Am I missing something obvious here? Is there some reason why you wouldn't just have the Post Office forward your mail?

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Because forwarding is too much of a hassle considering she could move every 13 weeks.

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Am I missing something obvious here? Is there some reason why you wouldn't just have the Post Office forward your mail?

Besides, I'm too paranoid that some mail will end up not getting forwarded long after I have left a residence. It's nicer just to have all my mail go to one place and not have to worry about mail still being sent to an old address. And, it's just too much hassle to change my new forwarding address every (potentially) 3 months.

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Alternatively, you can also change your snail mail addiction. Using a service is going to cost you several hundred dollars a year. What to you get that it that important? All my bills right down to my property taxes are available online, and are paid down automatically anyway. The only important stuff left are legal notices and those are so rare as to be worth missing one. Jury notices are unimportant, no penalties if you are out of state. Most BONs are paperless and online, and even with all my state licenses currently held and those from the past, I've never gotten so much as a CEU audit from them. Renewal notices yes, but I don't need a snail mail message to tell me it is time to renew.

Kick the habit! It is so 1980s. Having a friend or relative clear your box once a month or check when you know you are getting something important that cannot be diverted should be good enough.

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Alternatively, you can also change your snail mail addiction. Using a service is going to cost you several hundred dollars a year. What to you get that it that important? All my bills right down to my property taxes are available online, and are paid down automatically anyway. The only important stuff left are legal notices and those are so rare as to be worth missing one. Jury notices are unimportant, no penalties if you are out of state. Most BONs are paperless and online, and even with all my state licenses currently held and those from the past, I've never gotten so much as a CEU audit from them. Renewal notices yes, but I don't need a snail mail message to tell me it is time to renew.

Kick the habit! It is so 1980s. Having a friend or relative clear your box once a month or check when you know you are getting something important that cannot be diverted should be good enough.

OMG I wish I could!! But somehow I always end up with junk mail and they are mostly credit card offers, store promotions, etc..and I don't know how to get rid of them? And, I definitely don't want credit card offers sitting in mailboxes. Otherwise, I do everything else online. I just can't seem to get rid of junk mail :(

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Let them pile up, who cares? You certainly don't want to waste hundreds of dollars to have them sorted for you daily do you?

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