Tax Day: Post office bracing for long lines

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – On this Tax Day 2014, postal officials are bracing for long lines while the IRS and United Way are offering filing alternatives to taxpayers.

Micki Jones, with the United States Postal Service, said no offices in the metro St. Louis area would extend hours for last-second filers. This could be a shock to some who are used to waiting in the long drive through the Main Post office in Downtown St. Louis, while workers collected tax returns until the midnight postmark deadline on April 15th.

The Internal Revenue Service announced about 90-percent of all returns received to date were filed electronically by early April 2014. So, officials offered their free tax online tax tool to last-minute filers.

Since the New Year, the United Way offered free in-person tax help in both Missouri and Illinois. Taxpayers found help with their simple returns in churches, libraries, and community centers across the metro area. But on Tax Day, only a few locations would be open with just hours left before the deadline. Organizers expected those volunteers to be swamped. So, they offered their own free online tax preparation tool.

If you mail your taxes, the Postal Service urges taxpayers to make sure they have the correct office address and enough postage on their envelopes. They also urged everyone to mail their returns early in the day. Otherwise, the envelopes could be returned to the sender. People could also end up stuck in long lines.

For more information on post office hours, visit:

https://tools.usps.com/go/POLocatorAction!input.action

For a checklist to make sure your return is postmarked by the deadline, visit:

https://www.usps.com/taxes/welcome.htm

To prepare your taxes for free online with the IRS, visit:

http://www.irs.gov/uac/Free-File:-Do-Your-Federal-Taxes-for-Free

To prepare your taxes for free online through the United Way, visit:

http://www.myfreetaxes.com/

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