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Post offices will operate on regular hours for tax day

April 12, 2019 GMT

The Herald-Dispatch

CHARLESTON - With the deadline for filing income tax returns rapidly approaching, the U.S. Postal Service urges last-minute filers to take notice of their local post office’s operating hours.

Post offices in the Appalachian District, which includes Huntington and Charleston, will operate at normal hours Monday, April 15. Customers depositing returns in collection boxes are advised to check the last pickup time posted on the collection receptacle.

Postal customers are advised to mail their returns or extension requests early in the day at any of the post offices, stations, branches or collection boxes in their community. However, tax filers using a collection box should make certain that the posted pickup time has not passed to ensure returns will receive the April 15 postmark.

As the tax deadline approaches, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey also reminds taxpayers to be careful and keep their personal information secure.

“It’s always better to take your time rather than rush and make a mistake when dealing with such sensitive information,” Morrisey said in a news release. “Don’t hurry, make sure everything is filled out correctly and ensure your tax information gets sent to the right place.”

Other steps Morrisey recommends include filing electronically, which is time-efficient, safe and ensures a faster refund; double-checking information; double-checking the federal and state mailing addresses for tax returns at IRS.gov and tax.wv.gov; shredding discarded documents that contain personal information; and being alert to scammers who may claim to be IRS representatives.

For those using traditional mail to file their taxes, USPS Self-Service Kiosks are available locally at the Downtown Huntington Post Office, 1200 Veterans Memorial Blvd., and provide 24-hour access to many postal products and services for customers using a credit or debit card.

At the kiosks, customers can buy stamps, calculate and purchase postage, purchase tracking service and more.

Tips for last-minute filers

The U.S. Postal Service offers the following advice to tax filers:

n Try to mail as early in the day as possible.

n Take note of posted collection times and local post office hours.

n Always include your return address.

n Be certain to weigh your returns or extension requests on a postal scale and affix the proper amount of postage. (This is especially true if you are filing extra forms or schedules this year. Tax agencies will not pay postage due, so short-paid tax filings must be returned for additional postage.)

n Apply sufficient postage. (Postage is 55 cents for the first ounce, which is usually about four 8 1/2-inch by 11-inch sheets; a 2-ounce letter is 70 cents.)

n Always use a complete mailing and return address.

n Tax returns must be postmarked no later than April 15.

n If mailing from a street collection box, check the last pickup time to make sure your return will be collected later that day.

n Consider using USPS Tracking if you want to confirm your tax return is delivered. Delivery confirmation is not available for first-class envelopes.

n If using a first-class envelope, use certified mail or registered mail for proof of delivery.

n For mailing tips and information on USPS Tracking, log onto www.usps.com.