Postal authorities offer some helpful hints for late filers.
The post offices in downtown Youngstown and Warren will be open Friday until midnight to accommodate those trying to meet the deadline for filing federal income tax returns.
The post offices are at 201 High St. N.E., Warren, and at 99 S. Walnut St., Youngstown.
Customers who mail their returns during the daytime Friday should check their post office or collection box to make sure returns deposited at that time will be collected and postmarked before the deadline, postal officials said. Also, any letters or packages weighing more than 1 pound must be brought to a post office and personally handed to a postal employee.
The Internal Revenue Service will accept returns sent via Express Mail, Certified Mail or Delivery Confirmation for those customers who would like verification that their return was delivered. The IRS accepts the postmark on the envelope as proof of timely filing.
For late filers
More helpful hints:
UConsider using Priority Mail with Delivery Confirmation if you want to confirm your return is delivered.
UUse Certified Mail if proof of mailing is required.
UCheck the last pick-up time if mailing in a street collection box to make sure that your return will be collected later that day.
UIf possible, mail your returns using the address labels or pre-addressed envelopes sometimes provided by local, state and federal agencies.
UAlways include your return address.
UMake sure your tax return has sufficient postage. If you are mailing a number of supplementary forms and schedules with your return, the envelope is likely to weigh more than 1 ounce. Note that tax agencies do not pay postage due and short-paid mail is returned to sender.
UOversized and extra-thick envelopes may require additional postage. If in doubt, use lobby scales or ask a postal clerk for assistance.
UConsult the USPS Web site at www.usps.com for mailing tips and information on Delivery Confirmation.