Richmond, Va.- The Richmond Post Office will extend its hours at the Main Post Office to accommodate last-minute tax filers.
On Monday, April 15, the 1801 Brook Road location will remain open until 8 p.m. to give customers an extra three hours to purchase stamps and services and receive the April 15 postmark.
Employees will be in the parking lot to collect tax returns (and other mail) until 8 p.m.
Tax returns should be dropped in collection boxes outside the Main Post Office or placed in the Self-Service kiosk drop box prior to 8 p.m. to ensure the returns get the April 15 postmark.
Tax returns requiring a postmark which bear PC Postage or Self-Service Kiosk postage must be entered into the mail stream before 8 p.m. in order to receive the April 15 postmark.
Postage labels printed on April 15 for items mailed at the Self-Service Kiosk will show the April 15 date of sale. This is not the same as a postmark and does not constitute proof of mailing.
This is also true of “PC Postage” printed via the Click-N-ShipTM application. Those items must be presented at a retail window or deposited by the last collection time to receive the April 15 cancellation.
Taxpayers are encouraged to avoid waiting until the last minute because only the Richmond Main Office will have extended hours and extra collections. Customers can check locations, hours of operations and last collection times by visiting http://www.usps.com or by calling 1-800-ASK-USPS.
Customers are also reminded that a Forever stamp – no matter when it was purchased – is valid First-Class postage for a one-ounce letter, which is typically one-to-two sheets of regular paper. Items weighing more than one ounce should have a 20-cent stamp for each additional ounce. The IRS will not pay postage on short-paid items and items will be returned to sender marked “postage due.”
Customers seeking tracking and confirmation services can choose Express Mail service or Priority Mail service with additional tracking.
Due to increased security measures, envelopes or parcels weighing more than 13 ounces must be presented to a clerk at the window.
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.