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The Clock is Ticking for Taxes

Posted April 13, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Instead of "tick-tock, tick-tock" do your clocks seem to be saying "tax-time, tax-time?" Just a few hours are left until the deadline of midnight April 15.

The last-minute flurry of activity may be eased somewhat by computer programs that can help you figure, and by forms available for the downloading from the IRS.

Still, nothing much can help the avalanche headed for post offices across the country. Many of them will extend hours to deal with those of us who race crosstown, tax envelope clutched in hand, ready to toss it in a bin right at the post office.

Postal clerks, of course, feel the strain. In the Raleigh area alone, 250,000 to 300,000 additional pieces of mail will be forced through the system. That means some long hours for postal workers.

When doing your taxes, remember to double-check everything -- including your signature in the right spot -- and to put the right amount of postage on the envelope before mailing.

And, before feeling too sad for yourself, remember that the post office employees not only have to deal with everything we are tossing at them, they also had to do their own taxes BEFORE the deadline!