UPDATE: Tax Time Not As Busy For Post Offices

By: Jillian Risberg, Todd Baucher Email
By: Jillian Risberg, Todd Baucher Email
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UPDATE 4/15/2014 4:50 PM

It's the dreaded deadline to file your 2013 income taxes.

But April 15th isn't as taxing for post offices as it used to be.

It wasn't too many years ago places like the Simmons Station Post Office had a lot of last-minute filers going through their doors.

And post offices around the country stayed open until midnight.

But that was before e-filing caught on with taxpayers.

"It no way mirrors the way it was 3, 4, 5, 10 years ago," says Tad Kelley, spokesman for the postal service. "We are a little busier at our retail windows, but it's just not the same as it used to be. That speaks for the technology and the way people have embraced the internet as far as filing their taxes."

If you are mailing your forms, Kelley reminds you to check the times when mail is collected from postal service drop boxes.

Also have the right postage based on the weight of the return you're mailing out, as well as the complete mailing address.

UPDATE: 4-14-14 6:30 PM

Procrastinators, time is running out.

Today is April 15th, the last day to file your 2013 taxes, so get cracking.

Jordan Davis, from Liberty Tax Service says it always gets busy right before the end of tax season.

Everyone who owes waits 'til the very last minute, because no one wants to give the government money before they have to.

“The next couple of days we could easily do a hundred returns with people that have been waiting that long to get them done,” he says. “Over the last couple of weeks, probably not that many total if you add up all the days, but those last couple days definitely, plenty of people.”

According to Davis, when so many people come in at the last minute it's a lot of work and a long couple of days.

A lot of double checking of all the returns and he'll be there 'til midnight tomorrow, but he has to do it to make sure everybody gets their taxes filed on time.

Chuck McKnight stopped in to make sure his are in order.

“Well, I usually don't do it at the last minute and then I found out I’m exempt,” McKnight says. “So, I didn't need to come in and file them anyway; I’m just here.”

The Waverly resident says he was laid off for a while, so it was tough going and he had a pretty good feeling he wouldn't have to file, but didn't want to chance it.

Better late than never.

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