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Tax day tips from the postal service

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The IRS reports in excess of 77 percent of tax returns last year were filed via the Internet. With the decrease in tax forms going through the mail, only two Post Offices in Northern Ohio will have extended hours on Tax Day, April 15:    1. Cleveland Main Post Office - 2400 Orange Ave, Cleveland - Open until 10:00 p.m.  At about 3:00 p.m. the traffic flow in the customer parking will be reversed to accommodate the anticipated increased customer volume.

Curbside collectors will be working until 10:00 p.m. to accept prepared returns with postage already affixed.  2. Akron Main Post Office - 675 Wolf Ledges Parkway - Open until 7:00 p.m.   Customers who mail their returns on the 15th should check with their local Post Office or read the posted times on the collection box to make sure that their tax return will be collected and postmarked before the deadline. Also, any letters or packages weighing 13 ounces or more must be brought to a Post Office and handed to a postal clerk at the window. 

The Internal Revenue Service will accept returns sent via Express Mail or with Delivery Confirmation for those customers who would like verification that their return was delivered. The IRS accepts the postmark on the envelope as proof of timely filing.   More helpful hints: · Consider using Priority Mail with Delivery Confirmation if you want to confirm your return is delivered.  · Check the last pick-up time if mailing in a street collection box to make sure that your return will be collected later that day. 

If possible, mail your returns using the address labels or pre-addressed envelopes sometimes provided by local, state and federal agencies.  · Always include your return address.  · Make sure your tax return has sufficient postage. If you are mailing a number of supplementary forms and schedules with your return, the envelope is likely to weigh more than one ounce. Note: tax agencies do not pay postage that is due. Short-paid mail is returned to sender.  · Oversized and extra thick envelopes may require additional postage.

If in doubt, use lobby scales or ask a postal clerk for assistance.  · For increased security reasons, envelopes or parcels weighing more than 13 ounces must be presented to a clerk at the window. Items weighing more than 13 ounces dropped in a collection box may be returned to the sender.  · Consult the USPS Web site at www.usps.com <http://www.usps.com/> for mailing tips and information on Delivery Confirmation.

 The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.  # # #  Please Note: For broadcast quality video and audio, photo stills and other media resources, visit the USPS Newsroom at <http://about.usps.com/news/welcome.htm>.

A self-supporting government enterprise, the U.S. Postal Service is the only delivery service that reaches every address in the nation - 151 million residences, businesses and Post Office™ Boxes. The Postal Service™ receives no tax dollars for operating expenses, and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations. With 32,000 retail locations and the most frequently visited website in the federal government, usps.com®, the Postal Service has annual revenue of more than $65 billion and delivers nearly 40 percent of the world's mail.

If it were a private sector company, the U.S. Postal Service would rank 35th in the 2011 Fortune 500. In 2011, Oxford Strategic Consulting ranked the U.S. Postal Service number one in overall service performance of the posts in the top 20 wealthiest nations in the world. Black Enterprise and Hispanic Business magazines ranked the Postal Service as a leader in workforce diversity. The Postal Service has been named the Most Trusted Government Agency for six years and the sixth Most Trusted Business in the nation by the Ponemon Institute. 

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