Don't wait, the post office won't be open late on tax day

LANSING, Mich. (WSYM) - Here are some tips for tax day from your local post office - which is April 17 this year.

There will not be extended hours like there have been in the past. This is due to the fact that so many people E-file.

The main post office in Lansing and other local branches will be open during their normal hours.

If you are mailing your taxes that day - you should plan on getting to the post office early.
Also use enough postage. If your package weighs more than 1 ounce you may need more stamps to mail it. Tax returns without enough postage will be returned.

And label with correct, clear addresses. This includes your return address. If you aren't sure where to send them, use this link which takes you to the IRS site for where to file paper tax returns.

“Please take your time and carefully follow all instructions to ensure you’re filing an accurate return,” said Deputy Treasurer Glenn White, head of Treasury’s Tax Administration Group. “We sometimes see increased errors on returns filed late in the season. These simple mistakes result in longer processing and delayed refunds.”

Taxpayers should make a copy of their signed return and all supporting schedules for their personal records. The Michigan Department of Treasury says records should be kept for six years.

Lastly, make sure your return in postmarked on time. Put it in a collection box or at a post office that has a pick up time before the tax deadline.

Taxpayers are required to either e-file or mail their state income tax returns by 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, April 17.