2011-03-24 / Local & State

Postal Service Announces Tax Day Hours

With the deadline for filing income tax returns rapidly approaching, the postal service is getting ready by for last minute filers.

Automated postal centers (APCs) are available at 19 area post offices (Bethlehem, Chambersburg, Easton Palmer Branch, East York Branch, Gettysburg, Hanover, Lower Paxton Branch Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, Shillington, Reading Station, West York Branch, Whitehall, Wilkes-Barre and Wyomissing. Using a debit or credit card, customers can use the APC to weigh and mail their tax returns or regular mail and packages 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at most locations.

Postal customers can easily avoid a trip to the main post office by mailing their returns or extension requests early in the day at any of the post offices, stations, branches or collection boxes in their community. However, tax filers using a collection box should make certain that the posted pickup time has not passed to ensure returns will receive the April 18 postmark.

The postal service offers the following advice to tax filers:

Mail as early in the day as possible.

Always include your return address on your mailpiece.

Be certain to weigh your returns or extension requests on a postal scale and affix the proper amount of postage. This is especially true if you are filing extra forms or schedules this year. Tax agencies will not pay postage due, so short-paid tax filings must be returned for additional postage. Ordinarily, that means you’ll miss the deadline.

Customers who need retail window service are advised to get to the post office before closing time. Most post offices are open regular hours on April 18.

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