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Advice For Tax-Filing Procrastinators

It is close to the last day to mail your taxes on time. In fact, you have until 11:59 PM Tuesday to get to the Post Office.

U.S. Postal Service's Robert Daruk gave viewers some insight into the day before the final deadline to file taxes.

Not all are filing their taxes on the last day. Actually, more than 80 million of the 132 million tax returns expected this year had been received at the Internal Revenue Service by last Friday — many of them arriving electronically. The number of returns filed electronically increased 10 percent over last year. The biggest jump — 27 percent — is among those who use a home computer to prepare their returns.

But for those procrastinators, Daruk says April 15 will be very hectic. The IRS expects to get 52 million returns during the last days of the tax-filing season, almost 40 percent of all the returns filed this year. So, post offices nationally will be moving thousands more letters — handling 30 million pieces of letters because the volume of mail picks up by 30 percent.

In New York, mobile units will be in street and postal workers will be in the lobby to help direct last-minute filers. Daruk says the Post Office will also try to keep the stamp vending machines full.

The Postal Service will also offers many different ways for people to get their taxes out, such as Express Mail service, which guarantees overnight delivery; Priority Mail, which is a two-day delivery; and Certified mail, which will give you a return receipt after traveling in the regular mail.

Daruk advises last-minute filers to check for extended hours with local Post Offices. If a person is on line before midnight, their letter will get an April 15th postmark date.

And at some locations, the IRS will be giving people tips.

Taxpayers who procrastinated and now find themselves up against Tuesday's filing deadline can get a four-month extension from the Internal Revenue Service by filing a one-page form, no questions asked. But even those asking for an extension must pay their taxes by April 15 to avoid paying penalties.

On a typical day the Postal Service handles 670 million pieces of mail, including about 100 million cards and letters that have to be postmarked.