IRS extends tax deadline, Hawaii Post Offices offer late collections

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A total of 27 Post Offices across the state will offer late collection of mail from specially marked collection boxes on federal tax day, Monday, April 18, to accommodate last-second filers of federal tax returns.

Taxpayers have an extra weekend to file this year. Taxpayers have until April 18 to file their 2010 returns and pay any taxes due because Emancipation Day, a holiday in the District of Columbia, is observed this year on Friday, April 15.

The 27 Post Offices will have collection boxes and/or lobby drop slots labeled with special bright orange signs indicating Tax Mail Drop - Final Pick-Up Midnight.

Tax forms with correct postage deposited in those specially designated boxes and slots by midnight will receive April 18 postmarks.

Collection boxes and Post Office lobby drops at all other Post Offices will be collected only at their regular posted times on April 18.

All Post Offices will be closing at their regular times.

The Airport Post Office in Honolulu will be the last to close-at 8 p.m.--on that night and will be the best bet for last-second customers who need to purchase stamps or special services.

The locations of the 27 Post Offices offering late collections are:

Oahu Airport Main Post Office

Downtown Post Office

Ewa Beach Post Office

Haleiwa Post Office

Hawaii Kai Post Office

Kailua Post Office

Kaneohe Post Office

Kapalama Post Office

Laie Post Office

Makiki Post Office

Mililani Post Office

Waialae Kahala Post Office

Waianae Post Office

Waikiki Post Office

Waipahu Post Office

Maui Kahului Post Office

Kihei Post Office

Lahaina (Main) Post Office

Makawao Post Office

Pukalani Post Office

Wailuku Post Office

Hawaii Hilo (Airport) Post Office

Kailua-Kona Post Office Kamuela Post Office

Kauai Lihue Main Post Office

Molokai Kaunakakai Post Office

Lanai City Post Office

The IRS expects the total number of individual tax returns, both electronic and paper, to total about 141 million this year, and for e-file returns to exceed last year's record high of 100 million.

As of April 1, 86 percent of all returns were filed electronically. According to the IRS, 20 to 25 percent of all taxpayers file in the final two weeks of the tax season Due to the declining numbers of citizens who submit hard-copy tax returns by mail, the Postal Service no longer provides curbside service to last-second filers of tax mail at its drive-by collection boxes.

The Postal Service provides the following reminders regarding the mailing of tax returns:

· Not all boxes will be collected late - If you are mailing your return in a blue collection box or a drop slot at the post office, be sure to check the schedule for the last collection time. Except in specially marked boxes at designated locations (see above list), returns deposited after the last collection time will NOT receive April 18 postmarks.

· Beat the rush, mail early - Mail your tax returns early in the day. Post Offices typically become congested during lunch time and in the late afternoon and evening on the Tax Day deadline.

· Ensure proper postage - Be sure to check that adequate postage is applied to your tax return. First-Class postage for a one-ounce letter is 44 cents. Large envelopes and items weighing more than one ounce or greater than ¼-inch thick require additional postage; check with a postal clerk to determine correct postage, or check the Postal Service web site at for a postage rate calculator. Tax agencies do not accept postage due mail; tax returns bearing insufficient postage will be returned-meaning taxpayers may be penalized for filing late tax returns.

· Proof of mailing/delivery - Mailers seeking proof of mailing and delivery should request "Certified Mail with Return Receipt" when mailing tax returns.

· Ensure proper addressing - Use pre-addressed labels where possible. Write clearly. Take special care to ensure that handwritten envelopes are legible. Include a return address. Make sure that bulky envelopes are securely sealed.

· Heavy packages require personal drop off - Mail with postage paid by postage stamps (as opposed to postage meter strips) that weighs more than 13 ounces must be presented in person to a clerk at a Post Office. Returns meeting this description that are deposited in collection boxes will be returned to their senders.

· Tax forms not available at Post Offices - Post Offices do not carry tax forms. Suggestion: Check out the IRS's web site for downloadable forms.