Chapter 24
Forms and Such

This chapter contains samples of many of the forms mentioned in the book. It also contains a copy of the APS Code of Ethics.

You will find the following items:

1. Form 8283 and instructions from the Internal Revenue Service. This is the form you use when you donate stamps over $500 to a charity.  http://www.irs.gov/app/picklist/list/formsInstructions.html?value=8283&criteria=formNumber&submitSearch=Find 

2. An application to join the American Philatelic Society if you wish to do so. https://www.stampstore.org/register/reg_newmemberapp.asp

3. A copy of the APS Code of Ethics.  http://www.stamps.org/Almanac/alm_CodeofEthics.htm

4. A list of the APS circuits. See chapter 16 for more details on APS circuit books. http://stamps.org/Services/ser_CircuitRequest.htm

5. Form 3615 from the USPS. This is the form you would use to get a permit to use precanceled stamps including service-inscribed stamps. The permit is free, and you can use the stamps to mail individual letters.  http://about.usps.com/forms/ps3615.pdf

Some postmasters will be hesitant to give you a permit. This is mostly because they are not familiar with it. Tell them it is covered in section 604.3.5 of the Domestic Mail Manual. That will solve 99% of the problems.