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

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 (Federal forms) or  (Pennsylvania forms), (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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