Not all post offices will stay open late on tax filing day

April 15, 2003|by MARLO BARNHART

Last-minute filers of federal and state income tax forms beware.

Unlike last year, a number of Tri-State area post offices no longer will be open until midnight to accommodate procrastinators.

  • The Chambersburg, Pa., post office will be open until 9 p.m. today.

  • The Waynesboro, Pa., post office will close at 5 p.m. today.

  • 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 lobby of the Hagerstown post office will stay open until 8 p.m. today to provide window services. Completed forms also will be accepted at curbside.

But taxpayers no longer can drop off tax returns and extensions at Hagerstown's West Franklin Street office until midnight and still get the April 15 postmark.

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

Before dropping returns in a mailbox, filers should be sure to double-check the pickup schedule to make sure returns will arrive at the post office in time to be postmarked by midnight April 15.

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