ROCKFORD (WIFR) — If you haven’t filed your taxes yet, the Rockford Post Office can help. The deadline to file taxes is Monday, April 15.
Because many customers file electronically, the Rockford Post Office, 5225 Harrison Avenue, will be open from 8 a.m. – 7p.m. For details on services and hours at neighboring Post Offices, please call 1-800-ASK-USPS (275-8777) or go to www.usps.com.
The price to mail a one-ounce First-Class letter is 46 cents; 20 cents for each additional ounce. The cost to mail a one-ounce First-Class large envelope is 92 cents; 20 cents for each additional ounce.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will not accept mail arriving postage due.
For last minute tax filers, the Automated Postal Center (APC) makes mailing and shipping easy and is available 24/7 at the Rockford Post Office. The APC offers First-Class postage stamps, Certified Mail with Return Receipt, and USPS Tracking. Customers can weigh, mail letters and parcels using debit and credit cards when using and APC. Next to the APC is a collection box for depositing items. For tax filers, an April 15 postmark will be provided if the mail is deposited by the last pickup time posted on the Automated Postal Center on April 15.
Tax mailing tips:
• Taxpayers are urged to avoid typical errors made when mailing returns such as: 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.
• Apply proper postage. Weigh any return that feels heavier than one ounce.
• Rule of thumb: up to 5 sheets of 20-lb. paper using a number 10 envelope equals one ounce.
• The IRS does not accept postage due mail even if it has the April 15 postmark; tax returns with insufficient postage will be returned – penalizing taxpayers for filing late tax returns.
• Certified Mail with Return Receipt is a good choice for customers sending original receipts to tax agencies.
• Make certain bulky envelopes are securely sealed using tape.
• Postal regulations require that tax returns affixed with postage stamps weighing 13 oz. or more must be mailed at a Post Office. They cannot be mailed in a collection box.