Tax-filing deadline looming for last-minute filers

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If you haven’t filed your taxes yet, you don’t have much time to do so.

The tax-filing deadline is Monday, April 15. 

With the deadline rapidly approaching, the U.S. Postal Service is reminding last-minute filers to pay attention to collection box pick-up times and Post Office retail hours on Monday.

Post Offices in Northern Ohio will be open regular business hours on Monday. Post Office, Self-Service Kiosks and collection box location, hours and pick-up time information are available at 1-800-ASK-USPS or online at www.usps.com.

USPS offered the following tips for mailing tax returns: 

— On April 15, mail early in the day at any Post Office, station, branch or collection box.

— If depositing returns in a collection box on April 15, double-check the pick-up schedule on the label. To ensure getting the April 15th postmark, deposit returns before the last scheduled pick-up time. 

— Stamped packages weighing more than 13 ounces must be presented in person to a Post Office clerk to comply with FAA regulations.

— Affix the appropriate postage, especially since the item may weigh more than an ounce. Have a postal sales and service associate weigh and rate the item for you. Tax agencies will not pay postage due and your short-paid return will be returned to sender – and you may miss the deadline (tip: 5 pages equals approximately one ounce).

— It is very important that your envelope has a return address. Short-paid items without a return address will be sent to the postal mail recovery office for determination of the sender, delaying its return.

— The USPS highly recommends getting the security of proof of mailing and proof of delivery of your tax returns — use certified mail service with a return receipt, plus the applicable postage.

— Tax forms are no longer available at Post Offices. Check at local libraries or online at http://www.irs.gov/ (Federal forms) or http://www.revenue.pa.gov/  (Pennsylvania forms), https://www.tax.ohio.gov/Forms.aspx (Ohio forms).

Remember that mail must be deposited before the last collection time at the Post Office or collection box on April 15 to receive an April 15th postmark.

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