IRS wont wait
By Tim Leeds
The official deadline for filing tax returns is midnight tonight, April 16, since the normal deadline fell on Easter Sunday this year.
All tax returns must be postmarked by midnight tonight, unless an extension has been filed. Any returns the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) receives postmarked after midnight tonight will be considered late, with possible penalties and interest on any payments due.
Havre Postmaster Rich O'Leary said the windows inside the post office will be open until 7 p.m., and staff members will be postmarking items received in the boxes and mail slots at the post office until midnight.
O'Leary said outlying mail boxes around town will have their standard pick up times, so returns dropped into a box after its scheduled time, the postmark won't be until the next day.
He said the IRS will look at the postmark, and won't make exceptions if returns were dropped off at the wrong time.
O'Leary said the IRS won't accept postage due, either.
If there is insufficient postage, the envelope will be returned to sender and will become a late filing.
O'Leary said he definitely recommends that everyone make sure there is correct postage on their tax return envelopes. He said it would be better to have too much postage than too little when mailing returns this close to deadlines.