SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Taxpayers have an extra weekend to file their income tax returns this year because of a District of Columbia holiday, according to the U.S. Postal Service.
The deadline is Monday, April 18, instead of April 15.
"Unlike in years past, no tax returns will be accepted by employees and postmarked up until midnight," said Savannah Postmaster Denise Holguin in a statement. "Only mail deposited in collection boxes or mail drops by 5:30 p.m. on April 18, will receive a postmark for that day. All mail deposited after the 5:30 p.m. collection time will be postmarked the next day."
The Main Office Window Unit on N. Fahm St. will close at 5:30 p.m. The Automated Postal Centers at 1348 Eisenhower Dr. and 10701 Abercorn St. are available 24 hours and mail will receive a cancellation up to 12 a.m. on April 18.
The Postal Service offered tips for customers filing income tax returns:
If filing on April 18, mail early in the day at any post office or in any collection box. Post Office and collection box location, hours and pickup time information are available at 800.ASK.USPS or online at http://usps.whitepages.com/post_office.
Extra staff will be on hand Monday to assist customers.
If depositing returns in a collection box on April 18, double-check the pickup schedule on the label. Deposit returns before the last scheduled pickup time to ensure they're postmarked by April 18.
Place the correct postage on the item, especially since the item may weigh more than an ounce.
Stamps may be purchased at the retail counter, per Post Office hours of operation. On April 17, postage rates for extra weight are changing.
If there is not enough postage on your return, it will be returned and those without a return address go to the Mail Recovery Center.
Check the weight with your local office. The first ounce of First Class doesn't change, but the second, third, etc. does change, and most tax returns are in that group. Express Mail is available with a next day commitment.
All mail that has only postage stamps and weighs more than 13 ounces must be taken by the customer to a retail service counter at a post office.