Monday marks the annual filing deadlinePublished 8:18pm Friday, April 12, 2013
As April 15 draws near, residents are beginning to feel that familiar pang of anxiety as tax filing deadlines approach. And although local post offices have minute filers flooding in, Debbie Fetterly of the Alabama Postal Service has said there is no need to fret, as postal services are ready to help customers.
“We usually have a lot of people come in on Monday to file their taxes as it’s the last day, but we look forward to serving them,” Fetterly said.
The U.S. Postal Service, Fetterly said, will provide customers with both timely tax drop offs and special services including express mail, priority mail, certificate of mailing, certified mail and return receipt. The IRS accepts the first-class postmark as proof of filing by April 15.
If filing Monday, Fetterly advised that residents mail early in the day at any post office. Also, she said to be sure of post office hours, as some may alter their hours of operation because it is the last day to file taxes.
“We see the same customers year after year on the last day, and they’re counting on us to get their taxes in — and we look forward to assisting them,” Fetterly said. “The crowd often comes in trickles. We’ll have a lot of people come in and then there will usually be an hour or so between the next wave.”
Also, when possible, Fetterly advised residents use the envelope provided by the IRS and to be sure to include a return address.
“If the envelope provided by the IRS is unavailable, be sure to verify the IRS address where returns should be mailed,” she said.
If depositing returns in a collection box on Monday, Fetterly suggested double-checking the pick-up schedule on the collection box.
“To ensure getting the April 15 postmark, deposit returns before the last scheduled pick-up time,” she said.