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Post Office Workers Anticipate Tax Day Rush

It's the last day to file your taxes. Workers with Medford's local post office are fully staffed and anticipating the long lines ahead of today's deadline.

Posted: Apr. 17, 2018 1:00 AM
Updated: Apr. 17, 2018 11:38 AM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- It's the last day to file your 2017 taxes and local postal workers are already anticipating the long lines that come with the looming deadline.

"A lot of people still do it the old-school way, " said Mark Hawkins, the lead sales and service associate with Medford's USPS. "A lot of people that prepare taxes for other people too [are] coming in and doing a lot at once. Where they're sending 20 or 30 things off at once and it all has tracking to it. So it's time consuming."

You'll have until 11:59 p.m. on April 17th to postmark your taxes in order to avoid a late penalty. 

While mailing in your taxes is still a viable option, the IRS recommends taxpayers file electronically as most software programs will reduce errors and flags missing information. 

If you think you'll miss the deadline, anyone can request more time to file through the Free File link with the IRS. However, officials are cautioning taxpayers that an extension of time to file is not an extension of time to pay. Avoiding payment could mean penalties and interest. 

If you waited until the last minute, you are not alone. According to the IRS, near a quarter of Americans filed their taxes within two weeks of the deadline. 

To find post office hours near you, click here.

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