No extended hours for L.A. post office

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The local office will close at 5 p.m. today

By Special to the Monitor

While post offices in some communities around the state and across the nation typically remain open until midnight every April 15 Tax Day, the Los Alamos Post Office will close at 5 p.m. as it does every business day.

Postmaster Catherine Rodriguez issued a news release regarding tax deadline operations for nearby communities.

To accommodate last minute tax filers, extended retail services will be offered and all mail put in the collection boxes at the Main Post Office at 1135 Broadway Blvd  NE in Albuquerque and the Rio Rancho Post Office at 900 Pinetree Rd  SE before 12 midnight will receive the April  15 postmark.      

Only IRS returns collected at the Main Post Office and the Rio Rancho Post Office locations before midnight will receive the April 15 postmark.

This does not apply to mail  dropped in any other collection boxes after normal collection times posted on the box, she said. Postal customers should look for the last collection time  posted on the collection box to ensure their return will have an April 15  postmark.   

Customers needing to purchase postage after normal retail hours may do so from the Automated Postal Centers located at Albuquerque’s Academy Station, 6255 San Antonio  NE, Uptown Station, 2505 Graceland Dr NE, Steve Schiff Station, 9719  Candelaria NE, Richard Pino Station, 4800 Paradise Blvd NW or Rio Rancho  Branch, 900 Pinetree Rd. SE.

APCs accept debit or credit cards (no cash),  have scales available to weigh mail and calculate correct postage, and are available for purchasing books of stamps or postage.      For last minute filers, here are some Postal Service mailing tips:

• Use First-Class postage.  

• Use pre-addressed labels  where possible. Write clearly. Take special care to ensure that  handwritten envelopes are legible and include a return address.  

• Affix sufficient postage. One ounce is 44-cents; each additional ounce up to 3.5 ounces costs 17 cents per additional ounce. Oversized envelopes and  mail weighing over 3.5 ounces cannot be mailed at the First-Class letter  rate and will require additional postage. Customers may call  1-800-ASK-USPS or go online to www.usps.com to obtain correct rate  information

• Double-check postage. Weigh  any tax return that feels heavier than one ounce. The IRS will not  accept postage due mail; tax returns bearing insufficient postage will  be returned - meaning taxpayers may be penalized for filing late tax  returns.

• Avoid the mad rush at the  post office. Mail returns in local collection boxes, but remember to  make certain that the posted pick-up time has not passed to ensure  returns will have an April 15 postmark.

• For customers who send  original receipts, registered mail is a good choice.  

• Make certain bulky envelopes  are securely sealed.