Eight post offices will have drop slots late on tax day
Eight post offices in Maui County will offer tax-day late collections Monday – the deadline for turning in federal income tax returns.
At those post offices, there will be marked collection boxes and/or lobby drop slots to accommodate last-minute filers. The boxes or drop slots will be labeled with bright orange signs with “Tax Mail Drop – Final Pick-Up Midnight.”
Tax forms with correct postage deposited in the designated boxes and slots by midnight will receive Monday April 15 postmarks.
At all other post offices, mail will be collected at their regularly posted times.
On Maui, the post offices offering late collections are Kahului, Kihei, Lahaina (Main), Makawao, Pukalani and Wailuku.
The Kaunakakai and Lanai City post offices also will be offering the late collection service.
Due to the declining numbers of taxpayers who submit hard-copy tax returns by mail, the Postal Service no longer provides curbside service to last-minute filers of tax mail at its drive-by collection boxes.
The IRS reports that more than 88 million individual federal income tax returns had been filed as of March 29. Of that total, almost 90 percent had been filed electronically. Last year, more than 80 percent of the final total of 146 million federal tax returns submitted were filed electronically.
Some reminders regarding the mailing of tax returns:
* Not all boxes will be collected late. If mailing a return in a blue collection box or a drop slot at the post office, be sure to check the schedule for the last collection time. Except in specially marked boxes at designated locations, returns deposited after the last collection time will not receive April 15 postmarks.
* Beat the rush, mail early. Mail tax returns early in the day. Post offices typically become congested during lunchtime and in the late afternoon and evenings on the tax-day deadline.
* Ensure proper postage. Be sure to check that adequate postage is applied. First-class postage for a 1-ounce letter is 46 cents. Large envelopes and items weighing more than 1 ounce or greater than a quarter-inch thick require additional postage. Check with a postal clerk or the Postal Service website (www.usps.gov) for a postage rate calculator. Tax agencies do not accept postage-due mail. Tax returns bearing insufficient postage will be returned – meaning taxpayers may be penalized for filing late tax returns.
* Proof of mailing/delivery. Mailers seeking proof of mailing and delivery should request “Certified Mail with Return Receipt” when mailing tax returns.
* Ensure proper addressing. Use pre-addressed labels where possible or write clearly. Take special care to ensure that handwritten envelopes are legible. Include a return address. Make sure that bulky envelopes are securely sealed.
* Heavy packages require personal drop-off. Mail with postage paid by postage stamps (as opposed to postage meter strips) that weighs more than 13 ounces must be presented in person to a clerk at a post office. Returns meeting this description that are deposited in collection boxes will be returned to their senders.
* Tax forms are not available at post offices. Check out the IRS website (www.irs.gov/) for downloadable forms.