OHIO – As of March 28, the Internal Revenue Service reports having received 82 million returns through e-file, about 91 percent of returns filed this year, according to a release from the U.S. Postal Service.
The IRS expects to receive about 148 million individual income tax returns this year and projects that 23 million returns will be on paper, down 7 percent from last year’s total of 25 million paper returns. Because of the reduction in paper tax forms sent through the mail, Ohio Post Offices will not offer extended retail hours on tax day, April 15.
Customers who mail their returns on the 15th should check with their local Post Office or read the posted times on the collection box to make sure that their tax return will be collected and postmarked before the deadline. Also, any letters or packages weighing 13 ounces or more must be brought to a Post Office and handed to a postal clerk at the window.
The Internal Revenue Service will accept returns sent via Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express 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.
More helpful hints:
- Check the last pick-up time if mailing in a street collection box to make sure that your return will be collected later that day.
- If possible, mail your returns using the address labels or pre-addressed envelopes sometimes provided by local, state and federal agencies.
- Always include your return address.
- Make 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 one ounce. Note: tax agencies do not pay postage that is due. Short-paid mail is returned to sender.
- Oversized and extra thick envelopes may require additional postage. If in doubt, use lobby scales or ask a postal clerk for assistance.
- For increased security reasons, envelopes or parcels weighing more than 13 ounces must be presented to a clerk at the window. Items weighing more than 13 ounces dropped in a collection box may be returned to the sender.
- Consult the USPS Web site at http://www.usps.com for individual Post Office retail hours of operation.
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.