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Mailing Tips for Tax Day: Post offices open normal business hours on April 15

Posted on Monday, April 13, 2015 at 1:31 pm

04-14-15 tax_day USPS LOGOWith Tax Day finally upon us, the United States Postal Service is reminding filers to pay special attention to Post Office retail hours and collection box pick-up times.

Post Offices in Tennessee and northern Georgia will be open regular business hours on Wednesday, April 15.Post Office, Self-Service Kiosks and collection box location, hours, and pick-up time information is available at 1-800-ASK-USPS or online at

Gone are the days when Americans waited until the last minute to mail tax returns with a trip to their local Post Office before midnight. Most Americans file electronically these days. In fact, more than 91 percent of taxpayers will use electronic filing to deliver their federal tax return to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Here are some filing tax tips:

· If depositing returns in a blue collection box on Wednesday, April 15, double-check the pick-up schedule on the label. To ensure getting the April 15th postmark, deposit returns before the last scheduled pick-up time.

· Affix the appropriate postage, especially since the item may weigh more than an ounce. The IRS will not pay postage due and your filings will be returned if there is insufficient postage. The cost of a one-ounce letter is $0.49 and $0.21 for each additional ounce.

· Be sure and include a return address on the envelope. Short-paid items without a return address will be sent to the postal mail recovery office for determination of the sender, delaying its return.

· The USPS highly recommends getting the security of proof of mailing and proof of delivery of your tax returns — use certified mail service with a return receipt, plus the applicable postage.

· Tax forms are no longer available at Post Offices. Check online at (Federal forms), (Tennessee forms) or forms).

Please remember that mail must be deposited before the last collection time at the post office or collection box on April 15 to receive an April 15th postmark.

The Tennessee District serves ZIP Codes 370-374, 376-385 in Tennessee and 307 in northern Georgia.