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Tri-State post offices extend

April 15, 2002|BY LAURA ERNDE

laurae@herald-mail.com

A few Tri-State area post offices are extending their hours Monday to accommodate last-minute tax filers.

The Chambersburg, Pa., post office will be open until midnight.

The Waynesboro, Pa., post office will remain open until 7 p.m.

The Martinsburg, W.Va., post office service window will close at its normal time of 5:30 p.m., but returns brought there by midnight will be postmarked April 15.

The lobbies of the Hagerstown and Frederick main post offices will stay open until 8 p.m. Monday to provide window services including weighing mail for postage.

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Taxpayers can drop off tax returns and extensions at Hagerstown's West Franklin Street office until midnight and still get the April 15 postmark as long as the items carry enough postage.

Taxpayers who don't have their envelopes weighed risk having them returned for insufficient postage, said Baltimore Postmaster Kelvin Mack.

"It's a big day for the Post Office and all Americans who pay their taxes at the last minute," Mack said.

The U.S. Postal Service is urging taxpayers to file as early as possible so there's no chance of missing the deadline, he said.

Before dropping your return into a mailbox, be sure to double-check the pickup schedule to make sure it will arrive at the post office in time to be postmarked, he said.

Even though taxpayers have an entire weekend to finish their taxes before the deadline, Baltimore area post offices still expects to handle about 1.8 million pieces of mail Monday, he said.

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