Tax Filing Changes

Tuesday, April 14, 2009 - 7:08pm

Major changes at the post office with only one day left to file your federal taxes. Our Kianga Kelley explains why there’s less time to get your returns in the mail. Time is a major factor when it comes to your taxes and the post office has a new cut off this tax season.

Have you filed your taxes yet? If not, you’d better hurry. There’s a new deadline to be aware of. This tax season, most post offices will close at their regular hours rather than extending their hours until midnight. Janelle Devillier hasn’t filed her taxes yet and says, “No, I didn’t know that. I’ll have to come in the morning.”

So why the change? Judy Brining with the U.S. Postal Service says many people are taking a different approach when filing their taxes so the extended hours are no longer in high demand. “With all the electronic filing we just don’t see the need.” If you decide to wait until the last minute to drop your taxes off in one of the blue boxes, Brining says you need to make sure you pay close attention to the time. “If you drop your mail there after the pickup time, it will not be post marked until the next day.” Which can lead to an unwanted visit by the IRS.

Post office officials say there will be two stations that will remain open an hour or two later than the others: Commerce Park and Woodlawn Station.