Local post offices will not extend hours on tax day, Monday, April
18, the United States Postal Service in Indianapolis said.
“In Indiana, post offices will maintain their regularly scheduled operating
hours on April 18,” USPS said in a statement released on Monday. “To ensure
cancellation on April 18, postal customers must deposit tax returns at post
offices prior to scheduled closing times or mail returns in local blue
mailboxes prior to scheduled pickup times.”
Mailers can go on line at usps.com—click on “Locate a Post Office”—to verify
operating hours of post offices for April 18 and to locate alternate sites
to purchase stamps and conduct postal business.
•Mail tax returns in local mailboxes. “This helps avoid the mad rush to the
post office,” USPS said. “But keep in mind that corner collection boxes have
final pickup times—customers must ensure they mail prior to the final pickup
times posted on the mailbox.”
•Use first-class postage. “The Internal Revenue Service recognizes the
inexpensive first-class letter postmarks as proof that a return has been
mailed on time,” USPS said.
•Write clearly. “Handwritten tax return envelopes must be legible,” USPS
said. “And don’t forget to seal the envelope and include your return
•Double check postage. “New prices for mailing letters, cards, oversized
envelopes, and packages will take effect on Sunday, April 17,” USPS said.
“Although the cost to mail a one-ounce first class letter is still 44 cents,
the cost of an additional ounce will increase from 17 cents to 20 cents.”
•Envelopes exceeding 6 1/8’’ x 11 1/2’’ or more than 1/4’’ thick will
require additional postage. Please consult usps.com—click on “Calculate
Postage,” top left—or visit your local post office to determine correct
•“Tax agencies do not accept postage due mail and tax returns bearing
insufficient postage will be returned—meaning taxpayers will be penalized
for filing late tax returns,” USPS said.
“We recommend mailing your return as early in the day as possible to avoid
that last-minute dash to the post office,” USPS spokesperson Kim Yates said.
“Just deposit your tax return at your local post office or in a blue
collection box before the last scheduled pickup time. As long as you do,
your tax return will be postmarked April 18, 2011.”