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Have you already completed and mailed your tax returns? if not, here’s an update on making sure you meet this year’s deadline on time.

RICHMOND — Although 77% of all individual tax returns were filed electronically last year, the Richmond District is extending retail hours at the Main Post Office at 1801 Brook Road to accommodate last-minute paper filers.The retail window will be open an additional two hours – only until 7:00PM – for the purchase of stamps and services and the application of that April 17th postmark.

Employees will be assisting in the parking lot with the collection of tax returns (and other mail) until 7:00PM. Although the last official collection from the blue boxes in front of the post office is 5:30PM, an additional collection at 7:00PM has been added to ensure tax returns get to the Richmond Processing and Distribution Center in time to get the April 17th postmark from automated mail processing machinery. Mail will be collected from the drop slot at the Self-Service Center at 7:00PM – mail dropped after that will be postmarked April 18th.

Postage labels printed on April 17th for items mailed at the Self-Service Ship and Mail Center – formerly known as the Automated Postal Center – will bear the April 17th date as the “date of sale.” However, this is NOT the same as a postmark and does NOT constitute proof of mailing on April 17th. This is also true of “PC Postage,” postage that customers print at their homes or offices via the Click-N-Ship application. Those items must be accepted at a retail window, or collected from a mailbox or blue collection box in time to receive cancellation by mail processing machinery on the 17th.


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