Rockford Post Office open normal business hours for tax season; tax deadline April 17
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The Rockford Post Office, 5225 Harrison Ave., Rockford, is preparing for Tax Day Tuesday, April 17, the day taxes are due to be filed.
Because many customers file electronically, the Rockford Post Office has announced it will maintain normal business hours during tax season. Normal business hours are 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Sunday.
The price to mail a 1-ounce First-Class letter is 45 cents and is 65 cents for 2 ounces. The cost to mail a 1-once First-Class large envelope is 90 cents and $1.10 for 2 ounces. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will not accept mail arriving postage due.
For last-minute tax filers, the Automated Postal Center (APC) at the Rockford Post Office makes mailing and shipping easy and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. APCs provide many of the products and services available at a Post Office retail window, including booklets of First-Class stamps, Certified Mail with Return Receipt, and Delivery Confirmation. Using debit and credit cards, APCs enable customers to weigh and mail letters and parcels. Next to the APC is a collection box for depositing these items. For tax filers, an April 17 date stamp/postmark will be provided if the mail is deposited by the last pickup time posted on the Automated Postal Center April 17.
Following are tax mailing tips offered by the Post Office:
• Taxpayers are urged to avoid the typical errors made when mailing their returns this year, which are unsigned forms, not enough postage and depositing returns in collection boxes whose pickup time is past.
• Use pre-addressed labels where possible. Write clearly. Take special care to ensure handwritten envelopes are legible. Include a return address.
• Use First-Class postage — The Internal Revenue Service recognizes the First-Class letter postmark as proof a return was mailed on time.
• Affix sufficient postage. 1-ounce First-Class letter mail is 45 cents; 20 cents for each additional ounce — 2 ounces, 65 cents; 3 ounces, 85 cents. Weigh any return that feels heavier than 1 ounce.
• Rule of thumb: up to five sheets of 20-pound paper in a No. 10 envelope equals 1 ounce.
• The IRS does not accept postage due mail, even if it has the April 17 postmark; tax returns with insufficient postage will be returned — penalizing taxpayers for filing late tax returns.
• For customers who send original receipts to tax agencies, Certified or Registered Mail is a good choice.
• Make certain bulky envelopes are securely sealed.
• Postal regulations require that stamped tax returns weighing 13 ounces or more must be mailed at a Post Office. They cannot be mailed in a collection box.
For more details, call 1-800-ASK-USPS (275-8777) or visit www.usps.com.
Posted April 13, 2012
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