updated: 4/15/2008 11:29:31 AM

Post Office Warns Tax Filers There's no Late Service

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The U.S. Postal Service has a warning for Hoosiers who still need to mail their tax returns today. Officials say the days of postal workers standing outside at midnight to collect returns are over. Indianapolis Postal Service Spokeswoman Kim Yates says post offices will maintain their regular operating hours today. That means that tax returns must be deposited at post offices before normal closing times or be dropped off in blue mailboxes before normal pick up times.

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Indianapolis, IN – The deadline (this year, Tuesday, April 15th) is fast approaching to get federal and state income tax returns in the mail.

In the Indianapolis and central Indiana areas, post offices will maintain their regular operating hours on April 15th. To ensure cancellation on April 15th, postal customers must deposit tax returns at post offices prior to normal closing times or mail returns in local blue mailboxes prior to normal pick up times.

According to Indianapolis Postmaster Larry Diegel, there are several branches of the United States Postal Service in Indianapolis with closing times of 6:00 p.m. They include the Cumberland, Eastgate, Oaklandon, and Speedway. The Indianapolis Main Post Office and the Wanamaker Branch are open until 6:30 p.m. Indianapolis Post Offices with 7:00 p.m. closing times are the Castleton, New Augusta, Nora, and Southport Branches and the Park Fletcher Branch remains open until 8:00 p.m. Postmaster Diegel offers the following mailing tips for last minute filers.

• Mail tax returns in local mailboxes. This helps avoid the mad rush to the post office. But, keep in mind that corner collection boxes have final pick up times – customers must ensure they mail prior to the final pick up times posted on the mailbox.

• Use First-Class postage. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recognizes the inexpensive First-Class letter postmark as proof that a return has been mailed on time.

• Write clearly. Handwritten tax return envelopes must be legible. And, don’t forget to seal the envelope and include your return address.

• Double check postage (41 cents for the first ounce and 17 cents for an additional ounce). Envelopes that exceed 6 1/8” x 11 1/2” or are more than 1/4” thick will require additional postage. Please consult usps.com (click on the rate calculator) or visit your local post office to determine correct postage. Tax agencies do not accept postage due mail and tax returns bearing insufficient postage will be returned – meaning taxpayers will be penalized for filing late tax returns.

“We recommend mailing your return as early in the day as possible to avoid that last-minute dash to the post office”, said Postmaster Diegel.

Source: United States Postal Service

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