The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) maintains a fairly consistent schedule, except for certain holidays. There are times, though, that they will actually extend their hours. Tax day tends to be one of those days. If you’re a last-minute filer and concerned about meeting your tax deadline, you’ll want to be prepared. So what are the post office hours on tax day?
When Are Taxes Due?
The standing date for taxes is April 15, but, just as last year, this year’s tax date has been pushed back. Because the 15th falls on a Saturday and Emancipation Day on Monday the 17th, taxes for 2016 are due Tuesday, April 18.
You may have already heard of the extended deadline announced already this year, and if so, we are sure you’re jumping for joy right about now. Try not to procrastinate any longer, but if you do, you are going to need to know the tax day post office extended hours if you have no plans of filing your taxes online.
In 2012, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) declared that it was not going to include extended post office hours due to the rise in e-filing and a decrease in budget. However, they have luckily restored the increased hours. They also consider your return complete by the deadline if postmarked April 18th.
What Are the Post Office Hours on Tax Day 2017?
If you are worried that you may not make the deadline, you can request an extension. The extension would push back your individual tax due date to October 18, 2017. The process is easier than what you might expect; to begin, you fill out a 4868. You can fill it out and physically mail it in, but you also do have the option file online. This may be a better route for you to ensure they receive it.
The post office hours on tax day are extended in many areas but unfortunately, not in all. Ohio, for instance, had not in recent years due to the number of individuals filing online. To find out if the post offices near you will have extended hours or not, USPS makes it simple through this handy postal office search tool. You can also call USPS to see when the post office opens and closes its doors on tax day at 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777) as well as pickups. For any last minute questions you may have about your forms, you can call the IRS directly at 1-800-829-1040.
Some mailing tips to keep in mind as you finish your last steps of your return:
- Have proper postage. If your envelope weighs more than 1 oz., you will need to double up on stamps. Tax returns without sufficient postage will be refused; thus, causing you to be potentially late.
- Write neatly and clearly. If you know you have illegible handwriting, consider printing out labels for your forms. Be sure to include both addresses (to and from).
- Look for the Collection Box® USPS provides in order to avoid a crowd of people. Plus, these boxes have a pickup time that comes before the deadline.
Most post offices seem to be open on average until 7 p.m. This will hopefully give you plenty of time to get out of work (if you are employed at a 9-5) and immediately rush to the nearest post office.
Are you ready to file your 2016 taxes?