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April 13, 2014

Tax deadline may be closer than you think

If you are waiting until the last minute to file your taxes on Tuesday, remember that the last minute isn’t as late as it has been in the past if you are filing by mail.

U.S. Postal Service offices in Georgia and Tennessee will be open their regular hours on Tuesday with the Dalton post office on Thornton Avenue closing at 5 p.m.

David Walton, a spokesman for the Postal Service, said area post offices haven’t had extended hours on April 15 for a few years.

“With so many people filing electronically now, there just isn’t as much need for extended hours,” he said.

The Post Office advises that:

• If you drop your tax forms off in a blue collection box, double check the pick-up times scheduled on the box. To make sure your forms are postmarked April 15 you must put them in before the last scheduled pickup on Tuesday.

• You double check to make sure the postage is correct, especially if your forms weigh more than one ounce. If you don’t have sufficient postage, the Postal Service will return your forms to you, and they won’t be postmarked on time.

• You should make sure to include your return address. If your letter doesn’t have a return address, it will delay or prevent the Postal Service from returning it to you if necessary.

The Postal Service also recommends that you send your taxes by certified mail with a return receipt. Just in case there are problems, this would give you proof that you mailed your taxes on time.

And if you still haven’t done your taxes and need some help, it isn’t too late. Some tax preparation firms are having extended hours for those last minute filers.


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