No late hours at post office for tax filers

Gone are the days of income tax procrastinators mailing their forms near the midnight deadline. The U.S. Postal Service announced Monday that no Lexington offices will have extended hours on Tuesday, the date that income tax filings must be postmarked by to be considered on time.

Lexington Postmaster Michael Hernandez noted in a statement that 77 percent of tax returns filed last year were done so electronically, according to IRS data.

"There is no longer a need for the Postal Service to extend hours on Tax Day," he said.

The majority of local post offices close at 5 p.m., and many collection box pick-up times are earlier than that.

Two post offices have later operating hours. They are Bluegrass Station at 3525 Lansdowne Drive, which is open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and the main post office at 1088 Nandino Boulevard, which is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

8 p.m. is the last collection time in the city, the postal service noted in the statement.

The postal service also reminds those mailing tax returns to ensure they affix the proper postage, as the IRS does not accept postage-due mail. The first ounce costs 45 cents with each additional ounce an extra 20 cents. The general rule of thumb is that five sheets of 20-pound paper in a No. 10 envelope is the equivalent of 1 ounce.

Also, if a letter is more than a quarter-inch thick, it's considered a flat/large envelope and requires more postage. If its thickness is more than three-quarters of an inch, it's considered a parcel and could need additional postage.