Last Minute Tax Filing Information

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – With the 2013 tax filing deadline fast approaching, Alabama postal employees are ready for last-minute tax filers on Monday, April 15.

There will be no midnight collection box pick ups or parking lot collections at any Alabama postal facility on Monday, April 15.  

Last scheduled pick-up times at collection boxes in front of Processing and Distribution Centers:

-Huntsville Processing and Distribution Center. 3408 Wall Triana Hwy, Huntsville AL  35803 – 5:00 p.m.

-Wynn Drive Post Office, 645 Wynn Drive NW, Huntsville AL 35816 – 6:00 p.m.

The U.S Postal Service will provide customers with both timely tax return drop offs and special services including; Express Mail, Priority Mail, First-Class Mail, Certificate of Mailing, Certified Mail, and Return Receipt. The IRS accepts the First-Class postmark as proof of filing by April 15.

Postal employees provide these tips for income tax filers mailing their returns:

  • If filing on April 15, mail early in the day at any Post Office. Be sure to verify Post Office hours of operation.
  • If depositing returns in a collection box on April 15, double check the pick-up schedule on the collection box.  To ensure getting the April 15 postmark, deposit returns before the last scheduled pick-up time.
  • Affix the correct postage. Some returns include many forms and require additional postage.
  • One ounce is 46 cents. The second ounce is an additional 20 cents. IRS will not pay postage due and will return items to sender.
  • In addition to the Post Office retail counter, postage may be purchased at a Self-Service Kiosk (SSK) in many lobbies.  For locations, visit  Alternate locations to buy stamps i.e. grocery stores, also are listed at
  • Remember that due to heightened security, mail that bears only postage stamps and weighs more than 13 ounces must be taken by the customer to a Post Office retail counter. at
  • When possible, use the envelope provided by the IRS and be sure to include a return address. If the envelope provided by the IRS is unavailable, be sure to verify the IRS address where returns should be mailed.

The U.S. Postal Service offers flexible products and services for use when mailing tax returns:

Express Mail Service

This gets your tax return to many locations the next day guaranteed or your money back. Express Mail includes online tracking and signature at delivery.

Priority Mail Service

This gets your tax return delivered in an average of 2-3 days. Priority Mail with USPS Tracking provides a receipt of mailing for record-keeping purposes and allows the customer to confirm electronically via the web at, or through a toll-free number, 1-800-222-1811, that the mailing was delivered to the IRS.

First-Class Mail Service

Efficient, economical option for mailing your return with the all-important postmark.

Proof of Mailing Services

These services provide you with peace of mind. You can prove you mailed your tax return, verify that it was delivered or both with the following services:

-Certificate of Mailing – This receipt shows evidence you mailed your tax return.

-Certified Mail – This receipt proves you mailed your tax and provides online access to verify the date and time of delivery.

-Return Receipt – This receipt verifies both mailing and delivery, returning a postcard to you signed by the person who received your package.

Online Service

This service let you use the online technology to help you mail your tax returns:

-Click-N-Ship – From any computer with internet access and a printer, you can print Priority Mail and Express Mail labels for all your tax returns, with or without postage.