Mail your tax forms early

Created: 04/08/2014 7:49 AM WHEC.com

The deadline for filing your tax return is quickly approaching and the United States Postal Service is extending hours at its main branch.

On Tuesday, April 15, full retail service will be available until 9 p.m. at the Jefferson Road post office. Officials say many post offices close at 5 p.m. and collection box pick-up times may be even earlier than that.

Additional tax tips from the United States Postal Service:

  • On April 15, mail early in the day at any post office location.
  • If depositing returns in a collection box on April 15, double-check the pick-up schedule on the label. To ensure getting the April 15 postmark, deposit returns before the last scheduled pick-up time. 
  • Stamped packages weighing more than 13 ounces must be given to a clerk
  • Make sure your return is signed and dated and all schedules and supporting documents are enclosed.
  • Affix the appropriate postage, especially since the item may weigh more than an ounce. Have a postal sales and service associate weigh and rate the item for you. Tax agencies will not pay postage due and your short-paid return will be returned to sender – and you may miss the deadline (tip: 5 pages equals approximately one ounce).
  • Make sure your envelope has a return address.
  • Get the security of proof of mailing and proof of delivery of your tax returns -- use certified mail service with a return receipt, plus the applicable postage.
  • Tax forms are no longer available at post offices. Check at local libraries or online.

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