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Tax invasion

USPS ready to serve last-minute filers

Retail Associate Christine Glover
West Palm Beach, FL, Retail Associate Christine Glover, who retired last week, handles a customer’s return during last year’s Tax Day.

Millions of taxpayers will flock to Post Offices to mail their returns April 18, although the crowds won’t be as big as they once were.

The Postal Service processed 65.1 million pieces of First-Class Mail on Tax Day last year, down from 104 million pieces a decade ago. (USPS doesn’t break down First-Class Mail by type, so the number of returns processed isn’t available.)

About 30 percent of taxpayers haven’t filed returns yet, the Internal Revenue Service reported this week. Most last-minute returns are filed online, although many customers still turn to USPS.

“We’ll be ready to serve the many taxpayers who rely on our products and services to file with confidence,” said Retail and Customer Service Operations VP Kelly Sigmon.

Some Post Offices will offer extended hours for customers on Tax Day. If needed, customers can choose a range of services to show their returns were mailed, delivered or both.

USPS also offers online tips for last-minute filers, including reminders to use sufficient postage.

Additionally, if customers drop their returns in a USPS collection box, they should check posted times to verify the envelope will be collected and postmarked on time.

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