Post Offices Won't Stay Open Until Midnight On Tax Day

by scrosby on April 13, 2009

A decades-long tradition of post offices staying open until midnight on tax deadline day has ended.  As a courtesy, many post offices traditionally stayed open until midnight so last-minute tax-filers could get their returns postmarked by deadline.  

In an effort to cut costs, the United States Postal Service is closing its post offices at their regular times this April 15th.  Louisville spokesperson David Walton says not as many people file by mail anymore.

“A lot of people remember the days when, I mean, tax day! C’mon! It used to be a real spectacle.  There were just lines of people out in front of the post office, we had police directing traffic,” says Walton.  “But those days – they’ve become a thing of the past.”

The postal service has been trying to navigate through tough financial times.  The weak economy, paired with a freefall in first-class mail usage, has led to a predicted six-billion dollar deficit for the agency.

“It really helps just not being open those extra hours, and it really does help streamline our operations and improve efficiency,” says Walton.  “We’ve done that in the past as a courtesy to customers, but this year we’ll just be having our normal operations on April 15th.”

Walton says as the number of people who e-file their taxes goes up, the number of people standing in line at the post office goes down.  The IRS says it’s already seen a twenty-percent increase in e-filing this year.

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oldl clerk April 13, 2009 at 7:20 am

its about time they did this. all po did was encourage people to procrastinate. people made a joke out of it. this is a good thing. tax day cant just sneak up on you. how much interest can you be saving by waiting till midnite. good for usps

Postal Worker April 14, 2009 at 1:17 pm

It’s about time they’ve stopped doing this. People shouldnt be catered too because they failed to file their taxes like a responsible person. You have almost 4 months to file, and yet millions of people can’t get it done, and then get all pissy when the line is long because everyone else there didn’t do what they should have done. Good riddance to catering to stupid.

BWats April 14, 2009 at 4:41 pm

“Postal Worker” sounds, um, postal. The post office makes a profit; therefore, it’s in the customer service business. If it doesn’t find it feasible to stay open until midnight, fine; but calling people stupid is not my idea of customer service.

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