Tax day 2010: You still have time, but not much

Published 6:53 am Thursday, April 15, 2010

It’s finally here: tax day 2010.

But if you’re one of the many people who still needs to file your income tax returns, there’s still time.

Austin’s Post Office won’t have any extended hours on April 15 to accommodate late taxes. The office will be open typical Monday through Friday hours: 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. However, the post office will have additional help, as tax day can be a bit frantic, according to Connie Snyder, customer service supervisor.

Snyder said many people filed their taxes early this year, and many people filed their taxes over the Internet.

“People are really working ahead of the game,” Snyder said.

For people still having to mail off their taxes, though, Snyder recommended people arrive at the post office early to avoid getting stuck at the back of the line shortly before 5 p.m.

People can drop their taxes off at drop boxes around town at Hy-Vee and Main Street; however, Snyder cautioned that such mail boxes are often picked up a few hours before 5 p.m, often around 3 p.m.

Snyder also said people should double check to make sure they have the correct sending and return addresses on the documents, as that information is often written incorrectly. People should also make sure they have the right amount of postage on their mail.

Snyder stressed one key for people looking to mail off their taxes at the last minute: be patient. Most of the other people in the post office late Thursday will be there for the same reason.