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Mailing your taxes? Observe Posted Retail Service Hours and Collection Times
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Mailing your taxes? Observe Posted Retail Service Hours and Collection Times

This year most taxpayers will file electronically. In years past the taxday crowds and traffic jams that formed around many Post Offices prompted the Postal Service to extend collection times to ensure all taxpayers could get the postmark needed to prove the returns were mailed before the deadline. However, the increasing popularity of the internet has largely replaced hardcopy returns with electronic alternatives, making these additional (and costly) extra services unnecessary.

Taxpayers who, for whatever reason, chose to file their hardcopy tax returns on the deadline date should deposit them before the last posted collection time. Also, last-day taxpayers who may need stamps or services available at USPS retail counters should schedule their visit during regular retail lobby hours.

This shift is only one example of the steady migration of hardcopy communications and commerce to electronic alternatives -- a shift that has caused annual mail volume to drop by more than 40 billion pieces since 2006.

These historic shifts are requiring major changes in the nation's Postal Service to bring expenses into line with income. This is necessary because, like any other self-sustaining enterprise, the Postal Service pays its own way through the sale of its products and services. The USPS has neither requested nor received taxpayer subsidy for operations since 1984.  

The impact of dramatic and accelerating changes in communications technology compels the Postal Service to continue to put its case for change before regulators, Congress, and the American people -- change urgently needed to ensure the survival of what, in spite of future growth in the internet, will remain a vital public service.

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