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Filing Taxes At The Last Minute? The Post Office Won't Be Waiting Up For You

DETROIT (WWJ) - If you still haven't filed your taxes -- April 15 is the deadline -- the post office won't be waiting up for you.

Tax Day is a busy day at local post offices, which typically extend hours to accommodate tax filing procrastinators. But not anymore.

Because so many people now file their taxes electronically, area post offices won't have extended hours this year.

The Fort Street location in downtown Detroit will have normal hours Wednesday -- 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. -- although they are expecting a steady flow of traffic. Other offices that stay open later are located in Redford (9 a.m. to 9 p.m.) and Royal Oak (8 a.m. to 7 p.m.).

The postal service says residents can also use Self-Service Kiosks in the office lobby to mail their returns.

The IRS offers these suggestions if you mail a paper return:

· Use the peel-off label. You can make necessary corrections right on the label. If you do not have a peel-off label, fill in all requested information clearly, including the Social Security numbers.

· Never send cash.

· Be sure to use enough postage. The cost to mail a one ounce First-Class letter is 49 cents – which usually covers about four, letter-sized sheets.

· If you file on paper, you can enclose your payment with your return but do not staple it to the form.

· If you pay by check or money order, make sure it is payable to the "United States Treasury."

· Always provide on the front of your check or money order your correct name, address, Social Security number listed on the tax form, daytime telephone number, tax year and form number.

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