Stamp required on letter to Taxman?

Discussion in 'Other financial issues' started by Carramore, Jan 27, 2010.

  1. Carramore

    Carramore Frequent Poster

    Posts:
    80
    I know it won't make or break me, but am I supposed to put a stamp on a letter to the taxman? On a wider level, in what circumstances is a stamp NOT required on a letter (other than FREEPOST)?
     
  2. purpeller

    purpeller Frequent Poster

    Posts:
    348
    I am open to correction, but I have heard that anything you post to the State (social welfare, revenue, etc) can go without a stamp. Certainly I don't put stamps on anything I have to send those departments and they always receive them.
     
  3. NHG

    NHG Frequent Poster

    Posts:
    1,100
    I always put 'Freepost' on anything to revenue, social welfare etc. I was ticked off a few weeks ago by the lady working in our local post office as I needed to get a cert of postage for my letter and she told me that I should have a licence number on it (the one that would be on the prepaid envelopes from revenue etc) so she charged me 55c to post that one. I still just put the 'freepost' on the rest of them and post them in the postbox.
     
  4. Slim

    Slim Frequent Poster

    Posts:
    2,057
    I always write 'EIRE' in the centre of the top of the envelope for post to state departments.
     
  5. oldtimer

    oldtimer Frequent Poster

    Posts:
    849
    All government departments have Freepost licences so posting without a stamp is okay as it will be paid for at the delivery end.
     
  6. Graham_07

    Graham_07 Frequent Poster

    Posts:
    2,891
    I've never heard of this before. Is there some background to doing this? I always use "Freepost" on first line of the address.
     
  7. runner

    runner Frequent Poster

    Posts:
    1,094
    I remember an accountant of old who used to draw a little map of Ireland (north included!) in the stamp position, on all correspondence with gov dept and revenue.
    He never stamped anything to Gov.
     
  8. Caveat

    Caveat Frequent Poster

    Posts:
    4,007
    Thanks. I didn't realise that.

    So, is it sufficient just to write FREEPOST?
     
  9. dewdrop

    dewdrop Frequent Poster

    Posts:
    1,299
    I also use "eire"....it probably indicates the age profile of the posters!
     
  10. Papercut

    Papercut Frequent Poster

    Posts:
    473
    I think it's use stemmed from the ''harp'' symbol that appears on passports & appears on the top middle of government issued envelopes.
     
  11. Brendan Burgess

    Brendan Burgess Founder

    Posts:
    33,090
    Is this still valid?

    Just write "Eire", Freepost or draw a little map of Ireland?

    Brendan
     
  12. Brendan Burgess

    Brendan Burgess Founder

    Posts:
    33,090
    OK, it seems that all Revenue Forms have a return address in the following format:

    upload_2017-3-29_9-3-46.png


    I presume that the Civil Service generally is the same.
     
  13. jpd

    jpd Frequent Poster

    Posts:
    1,314
    I hope the original poster isn't going to complain about his local Post Office closing!
     
  14. mathepac

    mathepac Frequent Poster

    Posts:
    6,350
    Is there a central web location where these FREEPOST addresses are available. Like other posters, I've had post sans stamp refused by the post office unless it is contained in a pre-printed, Deepartmintal envelope.
     
  15. cremeegg

    cremeegg Frequent Poster

    Posts:
    1,978
    This is why I love AAM. Where else would you find it.
     
  16. PaddyBloggit

    PaddyBloggit Frequent Poster

    Posts:
    2,949
    ?
     
  17. Black Sheep

    Black Sheep Frequent Poster

    Posts:
    2,123
    As far as I can remember FREEPOST was the term that was introduced when free posting to An Post became the only Gov Dept allowed. Posting to all other Depts required a stamp unless a FREEPOST envelope or instruction was provided.
     
  18. mathepac

    mathepac Frequent Poster

    Posts:
    6,350