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JWLZ: I feel your pain, but are you saying that I should just count my blessings??? All I'm asking is that people who create "fill in the blank" forms make a clear distinction between "street address" and "mailing address." Unfortunately, that is not often the case. Most of the time when the form asks for a "street address," what they REALLY want is a "mailing address," which MAY be the same for some, but is not for all. However, it would be so much simpler if they would just ask for a "mailing address," which is ALWAYS a "mailing address" for everyone. That's why this column was started, not as a launching point for every OTHER kind of problem involving shipping and mailing addresses.

Pete August 11, 2010, 6:34pm

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The discussion was never about how to mail W-2s. Nor was it about finding people to advise you on how to work around the peculiarities of your job. The discussion was about forms that ask for a "street address" when they should ask for a "mailing address." And, on a much larger scale, I suppose the discussion is also about people who don't know how to use the English language - both those who attempt to write it, and those who attempt to read it.

Pete January 20, 2010, 7:16pm

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Dear Gigi: First: Nope - I don't program software. And no, I can't get your software to "do" anything. Second: You say your employees want their mailing address on their paycheck. Starting with the assumption that you know what this discussion is about (companies that send mail to "physical addresses" instead of "mailing addresses") I must assume that the reason you included this tidbit is because employees want their "mailing address" to show through the window on the envelope. This way the Postal Service will deliver the paycheck to their "mailing address" and not to a "physical address" where they cannot receive mail. If that is the case, then it sounds like those employees already know the difference between "mailing address" and "physical address." As for those employees who say that they live at strip malls or under bridges ... well, all I can say is that the world is full of idiots and we can't help them all. And third: I never said I wanted to help. I said I wanted people (and companies) to understand the difference between mailing addresses and physical addresses, then figure out which one they really wanted, and then ask for it. By the way, "a box in a building" IS a "real address." Its A "MAILING ADDRESS." If you want to know where I live, ask for my "PHYSICAL ADDRESS."

Pete January 18, 2010, 12:48am

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Gigi: The solution sounds simple to me. You have two separate issues to deal with. So, deal with them separately and stop trying to kill two birds with one stone. On the first issue, keep a file on the employee's physical address for determining withholding tax. Then, on the second issue, which is the employee's mailing address, I recommend MAILING the check to the employee's MAILING address. Get it?

Pete January 15, 2010, 3:17pm

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Best Buy is the worst! Best Buy will not "mail" you a refund check or a rebate check to your Post Office Box. They will only mail it to a physical address! Why? Don't ask me. I've tried to explain to them that I don't receive mail at my physical address, and they just can't wrap their tiny brains around that concept.

Pete May 16, 2009, 6:13pm

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Okay. I started this stream. Some of you understand what I wrote in my original post, and some do not. Of course, I am smart enough to put both my P.O. Box and street address when there is room for both. But the question remains, why would someone ask for my "Street Address" when they really want my "Mailing Address"?

Porsche thought that she was enlightening me when she said that Fed-Ex and UPS will not deliver to P.O. Boxes. Of course. I know that. I don't receive mail at my street address. How could I NOT know this, Porsche? That is why, as I said in my original post, that when a form asks for "Street Address," I dutifully supply my "Street Address." I assume that they don't WANT my P.O. Box because they only plan to use Fed-Ex or UPS, OR they plan to come and visit me. But then, often times, they go ahead and attempt to MAIL something to me using the U.S. Postal Service. (sigh) Get it now?

The point is, if you ever find yourself in the position of asking someone for their address, decide in your own mind why you are asking. If you plan to MAIL that person something, then ask for their "MAILING ADDRESS." Otherwise, ask for their "Street Address."

Pete April 20, 2009, 2:08pm

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