Post Offices to Collect Tax Returns Until Midnight

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The curbside collection of tax returns in Kansas City will come to an end this year. U.S. Postal Service employees at the agency’s Kansas City, Mo., Processing & Distribution Center (P&DC) at 1700 Cleveland St. will offer area residents drive-through collection of tax returns one last time in 2012, beginning at 3 p.m. until midnight on Tuesday, April 17. All tax returns must bear proper postage.

While a great number of Americans still mail their tax returns, the number of taxpayers filing online has reached the point that it makes sense to discontinue the tradition of curbside tax return collections, said Russell Floyd, senior plant manager for the Postal Services Kansas City-based Mid-America District.

Based on the number of postmarks last year, the P&DC expects to postmark about 1.1 million mail pieces on April 17. Of that total, about 400,000 will be tax returns.

Taxpayers have until April 17, to file their 2011 tax returns and pay any taxes due because April 15 fell on Sunday, and Emancipation Day, a holiday observed in the District of Columbia, falls this year on April 16. According to federal law, District of Columbia holidays impact tax deadlines in the same way that federal holidays do; therefore, all taxpayers will have two extra days to file this year. Taxpayers requesting an extension will have until Oct. 15 to file their 2012 tax returns.

In the Kansas City metro area, the Shawnee, Kansas main post office, located at 6029 Broadmoor St. (one block east of Metcalf), will be open the latest on Tuesday night until 7:30 p.m., which is their regular retail closing time Monday.

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