Post offices busy on tax day - - Jackson, MS

Post offices busy on tax day

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Thursday was tax day which is almost synonymous with long lines of procrastinating people at the post office. 

"Actually had them done for a while, just hadn't mailed them off," admitted Kevin Myers at the US Post Office in downtown Jackson.

"Soon as I get that W-2 form, I try to file right away, send it to my tax person.  That's when I get money back.  So if I don't get money back, I probably wait until the last minute," said Kim Whitaker, who already took care of her taxes.

Jackson postal officials said over the last several years more people have been turning to electronic filing, or e-filing, on the Internet making tax day crowds smaller.

"But we do have customers that still want to send that out especially the ones that have to put that check in there," said USPS Customer Relations Director Gale Purvis.  "We expect to cancel, which means post mark approximately 343,000 pieces of mail tonight."

"I bought a house.  I got the credit, and so that's one of the things you can't do online.  I filed it over the last ten years online, and this is the first year I haven't been able to do that," said Myers.

The downtown Jackson post office did not extend their hours for tax day but will process all tax returns dropped off before Friday.

"If you'll drop them off at the downtown post office on East South Street either in the parking lot, in the collection boxes or in the lobby drop, that mail will be collected at midnight and get the postmark," said Purvis.

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