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Post Offices Open Late on April 15 Tax Day 2014

Taxes Must be Postmarked on April 15 Or They Are Considered Late

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The deadline for mailing your tax returns or extensions for those tax returns for the tax year 2013 is April 15, 2014. So, you went to work today, on April 15, and just remembered that you need to file? Here's what you need to do.

  1. Find forms or online software. Post offices do not have tax forms.
  2. Complete either tax returns or extensions (both federal and AZ)
  3. E-file or mail the returns before midnight.
Remember, even if you file an extension you must have it postmarked by midnight on April 15th. If you don't file electronically, you can still get your tax returns off in the mail on that day. Many post offices are open until 5 p.m., some until 6 p.m. You can find the hours of the U.S. Post Office closest to you by searching here using your zip code or by calling 1-800-275-8777. If you choose to deposit your tax returns in a blue collection box on April 15th, make sure that you read the label on the box to make sure that that it is not past the last collection time for that box. If you need to mail your tax returns after 6 p.m. you can go to one of the following mail facilities:
  • U. S. Post Office
    4949 E. Van Buren, Room 187
    Phoenix, AZ 85026
    Here's a map.
    The window is on Van Buren Street, just east of 48th Street.
    Full retail services, including stamps, Certified Mail and Registered Mail, will be available until 9:30 p.m.
  • U. S. Post Office - Drive-through Drop-off
    Phoenix Municipal Stadium Parking Lot
    56th Street and Van Buren in Phoenix, accessible from Van Buren or Washington at 56th Street
    Here is a map and directions.
    Open from 5 p.m to 9:30 p.m. on April 15, 2014. Stamps available for purchase. No certified or registered mail services. Drive-through customers must have the correct postage affixed to their returns.

In the past the U.S. Postal Service set up a facility at the Peoria Sports Complex, but that service has not been offered since 2011.

How much postage do I need for my tax returns?

First class postage is 49 cents for the first ounce, 70 cents for between 1 and 2 ounces, 91 cents for between 2 and 3 ounces. You should have the post office compute it if your envelope is heavier or if you are sending your tax return in anything larger that a regular #10 envelope. A rough estimate is that 4-5 pages of 8-1/2 x 11 paper (some paper is heavier than others) in a #10 envelope is about an ounce. If your mail is thicker or heavier, add more stamps! It would be silly to risk a late filing penalty because of a stamp, wouldn't it?

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