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Robert Longley

Many Post Offices Open Late on Tax Day

By April 17, 2006

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For at least the umpteenth year, many U.S. Post Offices will remain open late on Tax Day, April 17, so that the ever shrinking number of people who didn't do so electronically can mail in their income tax returns with what the Postal Service calls "the satisfaction of handing these critical documents to another person or of taking them to a brick and mortar location for delivery." There, didn't that feel good?

But wait, there's more. In their annual Tax Day press release, the USPS reminds taxpayers that when it comes to settling up with the IRS, they offer "the priceless commodities of privacy and sanctity of the mail at no extra cost -- without using tax dollars." Oh yeah, got stamps?

On a more serious note, if you live in Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont, or the District of Columbia, your tax return will be considered properly filed on time if postmarked by April 17 -- or April 18. Post Offices in those states will be closed on April 17 in observance of Patriotsí Day. And before you rush off to mail your return, let the USPS tell you how much postage you'll need, and which Post Offices will be open late.

Finally, if you just cannot pay your taxes, About Guide Deborah Fowles can tell you what to do about it.

Also See:
Can't Pay Your Income Tax? What to Do
U.S. Postal Service: Government Agency or Corporation?
Critics of Tax Cuts Were Wrong, Bush Says

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