Final hour of tax day passes

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Selma Times-Journal

One day after the deadline for filing income tax returns, the weight is off a lot of people&8217;s shoulders.

Things were quiet at the Selma Post Office on Tuesday morning. Short lines would build up and then disperse. For all outward appearances, it was business as usual.

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Post office customer services supervisor Theresa Myracle said business has been steady since Monday, but hasn&8217;t gotten too bad.

In preparation for the income tax return deadline, the post office made provisions to keep the service windows fully staffed and rotated so things would not escalate out of control in case foot traffic became especially heavy.

The post office kept regular hours and closed at 5 p.m., but arrangements were made for a collection truck to make a special pickup at 6:30 p.m. because of the deadline. This allowed for mail received until 6:30 to be postmarked April 15.

The most common query the post office received is whether they carry tax forms or filing extension forms.

A stream flowed upstairs at the Selma-Dallas County Public Library to where tax returns are kept. Librarian Tiffany Davis said things were pretty busy.

Gabriel Fair was finishing up mailing in his documentation to the IRS. Fair had previously filed his return for the year, but had to re-file to make some corrections.

Fair said traffic around the post office wasn&8217;t bad, or at least not more than he would expect during the early morning hours.