There was a confusion. We efiled a return and the client went ahead and dropped the return in the mail too. What would happen in a situation like this if the electronic return is accepted and the IRS receives the paper copy afterward?
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Susan is probably right...altho I did have the same thing happen several years ago, on a C-corp return. The client received a notice from the IRS, wanting payment *again*. I wrote a letter and the issue was easily resolved. You might want to tell the client it could happen & to let you know if there's any IRS correspondence.
Forewarn your client to NOT cash that check if it does happen (altho I don't know what you do if it's direct deposit...).
My case was years ago AND a C-corp return AND they owed. Different fact pattern, plus they've tightened things up a lot. I bet nothing comes of it, but let us know. OK?
I staple my client copies into a booklet, they don't have any copy that they could accidentally mail in.