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Mail income tax return sooner than later

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ROCHELLE B. BIRKELO
April 15, 2010
— If you want to mail your income tax returns in Janesville today, get to the post office before 6:30 p.m.

The Janesville Post Office is not extending its hours for late tax filers.


“We run our normal hours,’’ Janesville Postmaster Jon Buchholz said.


Hours today are:


-- 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the downtown postal center in Olde Towne Mall, 20 S. Main St.


-- 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. for window service at the main post office, 1818 Milton Ave.


-- 5 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the automated postal center in lobby at the Milton Avenue post office.


Don’t put your tax return into a collection box after 6 p.m. today, Buchholz said.


“That’s when our last truck goes out,’’ he said.


To avoid lines, customers can use the automated postal center in the main post office lobby. Users can weigh their mail and get postage printed with the date before putting the mail into the lobby mail slot. Payment is by credit or debit card, he said.


For verification that you sent your return before the deadline, Buchholz recommends certifying your mail.


“This is probably the best way to prove to the IRS that it was mailed out because the sender will get a dated receipt—documented proof for mailing it on time,’’ he said.


Buchholz also recommends not waiting until 5 minutes before the post office closes to mail your return.


“You may have to wait in line a bit, and at some point we have to shut the door because we have time constraints,’’ he said.


Although the income tax deadline is one of the post office’s busiest days of the year, Buchholz said it’s not like it was a decade ago.


“We don’t see the volume we used to because of electronic filing.”



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