Post Offices Open Late For Last-Minute Tax Filers

If you’re scrambling to get your taxes mailed tonight in Manhattan, there’s a post office open until midnight at 31st st & 8th av.

Here’s a bunch of post offices with extended hours in Chicago and its environs.

San Francisco Bay Area.
Denver
Dallas/Fort Worth/Arlington.

Check your local listings for one in your area. — BEN POPKEN

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  1. Scott says:

    Also:

    IRS Gives April 16 Storm Victims Additional 48 Hours to File Income Tax Returns

    IR-2007-89, April 16, 2007

    WASHINGTON – Victims of the major storm affecting several Northeastern states on Monday, April 16 will have two additional days to file their tax returns beyond the April 17 tax deadline, the Internal Revenue Service announced today.

    Taxpayers directly impacted by the storm have until midnight April 19 to meet their tax filing obligations without incurring late filing and payment penalties.

    Across the Northeast, there have been power outages and public transportation problems making it difficult in some cases, if not impossible, for some taxpayers and tax professionals to meet the April 17 filing deadline.

    “Because this unusually forceful storm hit within 24 hours of the filing deadline, we are giving affected taxpayers 48 additional hours,” IRS Commissioner Mark W. Everson said.

    Affected taxpayers can mark their paper tax returns with the words “April 16 Storm.” Taxpayers who e-file their returns can use their software’s “disaster” feature, if available.

    Taxpayers can keep up to date by visiting the IRS.gov Web site and clicking on “Newsroom.”


    http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=169523,00.html

  2. acambras says:

    @Scott:

    Yes, some states are also giving small extensions. I know that in Connecticut, taxpayers affected by the storms can write “April 16 Storm” across their returns and file later this week (the 19th, I think).

  3. ShadeWalker says:

    I thought the post office on 31st and 8th is open 24/7 regardless.

  4. tvh2k says:

    Yes, but how late do they usually postmark mail as received today?

  5. The DFW listing is from two years ago.

  6. mopar_man says:

    I really don’t understand people that wait until the last minute. My wife and I went out for a walk last night. We went past an accounting office and the parking lot was PACKED. Neither of us could figure out what the hell is wrong with these people.

  7. kimdog says:

    @ShadeWalker: You’re right… the Farley post office is open 24/7. Although I guess you only have until midnight to get your letter postmarked April 17.

  8. Scott says:

    Good point, acambras. In NY (and probably others), you can file for an “automatic” 6-month extension:

    Tax Filers Who Need More Time Can Get Automatic Six Month Extension

    FOR RELEASE:
    IMMEDIATE, Thursday
    April 12, 2007

    Acting New York State Commissioner of Taxation and Finance Barbara G. Billet today reminded New York taxpayers that they can get an automatic six-month extension for filing their New York State income tax returns if they can’t meet the April 17 deadline.

    To get an extension, taxpayers must file Form IT-370, Application for Automatic Six-Month Extension of Time to File for Individuals, on or before April 17.

    The extension request can be filed online using the Tax Department’s web site at http://www.nystax.gov. Online filing is easy, secure, and free. Once completed, the Department provides a confirmation number to indicate that the request was filed. Filers using tax preparation software should check the software package to see if there’s an e-file option to request an extension.

    (more at: http://www.tax.state.ny.us/press/2007/autoextension07.htm )

  9. ScramDiggyBooBoo says:

    Jesus people. You have 2 AND A HALF MONTHS to get them done, and you still need the post office to stay open late? Its not something new. The tax system is not something that was put in place this year. I understand their are exceptions for certain people, but EVERY YEAR people wait till the last minute, and EVERY YEAR we hear the same ol’ stories about people filing late. I bet if they gave you 6 months, people would still screw it up and file late. Erks me is all.

  10. TWinter says:

    I agree with ScramDiggyBooBoo. People make the whole tax thing way more complicated and stressful than it has to be.