For you tax payer procrastinators out there, hopefully you are aware that this year tax day is April 18th. The date was pushed back three days, because of Emancipation Day, a holiday in Washington, DC. The United States Postal Service has these tips to offer up a smoother (and hopefully less stressful) process of meeting the mailing deadline.
Tax Day Mailing Tips
- Taxpayers are urged to avoid the typical errors made when mailing their returns each year, which are: unsigned forms, not enough postage and depositing returns in collection boxes whose pickup time is past.
- Use pre-addressed labels where possible. Write clearly. Take special care to ensure that handwritten envelopes are legible. Include a return address.
- Use First-Class postage –The Internal Revenue Service recognizes the First-Class letter postmark as proof a return was mailed on time.
- Affix sufficient postage. One ounce is 44 cents; 20 cents for each additional ounce–2 oz. 64 cents; 3 oz 84 cents.
- Double-check postage. Weigh any return that feels heavier than one ounce.
- Rule of thumb: up to 5 sheets of 20-lb. paper in a #10 envelope equals one ounce.
- The IRS does not accept postage due mail even if it has the April 18 postmark; tax returns bearing insufficient postage will be returned—meaning taxpayers will be penalized for filing late tax returns.
- For customers who send original receipts to tax agencies, registered mail is a good choice.
- Make certain bulky envelopes are securely sealed.
- Postal regulations require that stamped tax returns weighing 13 oz. or more must be mailed at a post office. They cannot be mailed in a collection box.
- Automated Postal Centers (APC), or self-service kiosks, are available 24/7 at various Post Offices (locations at Postal Locator on usps.com), and an April 18 date stamp/postmark will be provided if the mail is deposited by the last pickup time posted on the Automated Postal Center on April 18. Certified/Return Receipt service is available.
Good luck and I’ll be the one standing behind you in line .