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Self-service available for last-minute tax filers

Posted April 15, 2013

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— Triangle area post offices will close at normal times Monday night, the deadline for mailing 2012 federal tax returns.

Numerous 24-hour self-service kiosks will be available for purchasing postage with the required date, and several contract postal centers will have extended hours. However, customers using a self-service kiosk should be aware that an April 15 postmark will be provided only if the mail is deposited by the last posted pickup time.

About 77 percent of Americans used electronic filing last year, according to the U.S. Postal Service. A total of 143 million tax returns were filed, both electronically and through traditional mail.

Self-service kiosks can be found at the following locations:

  • Apex Post Office, 501 S. Williams St.
  • Carrboro Post Office, 1500 W. Main St.
  • Cary Post Office, 150 Wrenn Drive
  • Chapel Hill Post Office, 125 S. Estes Drive
  • RTP Station, 65 T.W. Alexander Drive, Durham
  • Shannon Station, 3710 Shannon Road, Durham
  • West Station, 3520 Kangaroo Drive, Durham
  • Garner Post Office, 267 W. Timber Drive
  • Westgate Postal, 1 Floretta Place, Raleigh
  • North Hills Finance, 350 E. Six Forks Road, Suite 150, Raleigh
  • North Ridge Station, 7800 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh
  • Crabtree Valley Station, 4325 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh
  • Avent Ferry Station, 3233 Avent Ferry Road, Raleigh
  • Brentwood Station, 2777 Brentwood Road, Raleigh
  • Highland Station, 2800 Raeford Road, Fayetteville
  • Cliffdale Station, 6380 Cliffdale Road, Fayetteville
  • 1605 Reilly Road on Fort Bragg
  • 1200 S. Horner Blvd, Sanford
  • 267 Timber Drive, Garner
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  • fkhaywood Apr 15, 2013

    April 15th is meaningless unless you owe the IRS money. If they owe you, they could care less if you file!!! There are fines or penalties if you file late & they owe you money. Read the IRS laws.

  • SirWired Apr 15, 2013

    Westgate will postmark anything put in the lobby drop-box until 8PM. (This is later than the usual "Last Pickup" time.)

  • scot30 Apr 15, 2013

    The post office never should have stayed open late on tax day to begin with. Why is it the post office's responsibility to stay open late just because some people wait (whether intentionally or unintentionally) until the last minute to mail in their taxes. It happens on the same day every year and everyone knows they have to do it. It's not some big surprise date that changes around all the time. Just do it, get it over with, and if you're late then it's your own fault and pay the penalty.

  • Terkel Apr 15, 2013

    I hope the normal post office hours don't disenfranchise anyone. I know April 15th is no surprise, but then neither are elections.

  • My Two Cents Apr 15, 2013

    Avent Ferry Station has been closed several months now.

  • Scubagirl Apr 15, 2013

    GOOD!! It's not like April 15 is a surprise to anyone.

  • NiceNSmooth Apr 15, 2013

    good!! Why should the post office stay open late just because some peole dropped the ball

  • Guess Again Apr 15, 2013

    The Crabtree Valley PO station was closed in 2011.

  • SM Apr 15, 2013

    @Lone Voice:

    I owed this year as well, but used an online tax service to do my taxes. Using this site, I was able to e-file my returns, and then it provided me links to the DOR and IRS websites to schedule payment on what I owed.

    Both entities took the money directly out of my bank account on the date specified, no stamps or physical forms needed.

  • sinenomine Apr 15, 2013

    SM, the article tells you how many people mail in their tax returns. It says that 143 million tax returns are filed yearly including both mailed and e-filed. Of that total the article says that 77% e-file. Ergo 23%, or almost a quarter, of 143 million people still mail in their returns, not an insignificant number.

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