Main post office will not be open late for mailing taxes

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - Last-second income tax filers have just a little bit more time to beat the tax-day deadline.  You don’t have to have your federal or state taxes in revenue offices by midnight Tuesday. You just have to have them postmarked by then.

That is why we spent years at the main post office on Market and 16th Downtown, with long lines of last-second filers trying to get that coveted postmark. It was almost a party-like atmosphere. Well, the party's over.

The main post office in downtown St. Louis has announced it will not stay open late this year.

Even though the postal service announced on its website that some offices will extend their hours for tax day, the main St. Louis office will not be one of them. The lobby closes at 8:00pm Tuesday. You have to have your paperwork in one of the boxes by 8:30, if you want that postmark.

You can call (800) 275-8777 to find if your local branch has extended hours. You can also check!input.action for local office hours, as well.

If you get your paperwork in on time, you will be less likely to be audited. The IRS announced that only one percent of filers were audited last year, the lowest since 2007. Budget cuts meant fewer workers policing your tax return.

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