From staff reports
HARRISBURG - With the deadline for filing income tax returns rapidly approaching, the U.S. Postal Service says it is getting ready for last minute filers, according to a press release.
Six Post Offices will offer extended retail window hours until 8 p.m. on Tax Night, April 15. Customers who need retail window service are advised to get to these Post Offices before 8 p.m. These are the only Post Offices locally with extended hours. All others will be open regular business hours.
Additionally, last minute tax filers can deposit their tax return in the collection boxes in front of these six locations before 11:59 p.m. on April 15 and still receive a postmark.
Postal customers can easily avoid a trip to the main Post Office by mailing 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 pick-up time has not passed to ensure returns will receive the April 15 postmark.
The Postal Service also offers the following advice to tax filers:
Up to the last minute
The three Post Office locations closest to Lewistown that will be open for mail collection until 11:59 p.m. on April 15 are:
Harrisburg Main Post Office: 1425 Crooked Hill Road, Harrisburg
Lancaster Main Post Office: 1400 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster
Williamsport Main Post Office: 2901 Reach Road, Williamsport
Mail as early in the day as possible.
Always include your return address on your mailpiece.
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. Ordinarily, that means you'll miss the deadline.
The Post Offices listed below will extend their retail window hours until 8 p.m. on April 15. Additionally, customers can deposit their taxes in the main collection boxes out front at these locations until 11:59 p.m. on Tax Night and still receive an April 15 postmark:
Harrisburg Main Post Office, 1425 Crooked Hill Road, Harrisburg;
Lancaster Main Post Office, 1400 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster;
Lehigh Valley Post Office, 17 South Commerce Way, Lehigh Valley;
Reading/Gus Yatron, 2100 North 13th Street, Reading;
Scranton Main Post Office, 2800 Stafford Avenue, Scranton, and;
Williamsport Main Post Office, 2901 Reach Road, Williamsport.
Additional information can be found online at www.usps.com.