Area post offices ready for last-minute taxes

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taxesThe United States Postal Service will accommodate last-minute tax filers as the federal deadline approaches.

April 15, all area post office retail windows will be open regular hours only.

However, the following offices will accept prepaid, pre-stamped tax returns for postmarking only. Mail can be dropped in outside collection boxes before midnight at the following Colorado Springs locations:

· Briargate Station, 8585 Criterion Drive;

· Cheyenne Mountain, 1540 S. 8th St.;

· Cimarron, 5925 E. Gallery Road;

· General Mail Facility, 3655 E. Fountain Blvd.; and

· Templeton Station, 4356 Montebello Drive;

There will be no retail services, but the collection boxes outside the office will be available for properly stamped envelopes.

Customers can call 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777) to find out the regular customer service hours of their local post office.

Tax mailing tips:

· Apply the proper postage or stamps, especially if enclosing extra forms and schedules. Using a number 2 envelope. First class postage costs 49 cents for the first ounce.

· For heavier envelopes, add extra stamps or postage amounting to 20 cents for each additional ounce.

· If you are not sure about the correct postage, it is best to add additional stamps, or take your forms to the post office to ensure that correct postage is applied.

· Make sure you print the proper IRS address on the front of the envelope.

· Print your return address in the upper-left-hand corner of your tax mail envelope.

· Customers who wish certification that their tax mail form was sent should send it certified mail.

· Customers with IRS tax questions can contact the IRS at 1-800-829-1040, or go to www.irs.gov.