Income Tax E-Filing Most Popular

By: Jessica Dealy Email
By: Jessica Dealy Email

Income tax time doesn't generate as much activity at the post office as it once did. The majority of taxpayers submit their forms electronically.

"It's what you call the season to be jolly, for somebody else anyway," said Roy Patton, as he brought in his forms to be mailed the old-fashioned way.

Mailing off your taxes can be like writing a college term paper for some. Many still employ the procrastination skills they picked up in college during tax season.

For this reason, the post office has always seen a flood of last-minute filers bursting through the doors on tax day causing some offices to extend their hours.

However, as e-filing became increasingly popular, tax day at the post office has begun to calm down.

"This year, I can see a difference," said customer service supervisor Lilly Van. "Last year, it wasn't that much. People were still coming and asking and trying to rush in at the last minute. This year I don't know. As far as today, the 15th goes, it is normal."

Of course there are some who still insist on hand mailing their forms in at the very last second.

"I have a mother-in-law, that if they were open to midnight, she'd be here at one minute to midnight to put it in," Patton said.

"We're here on the last day, and most of the time, we try to get here a little bit earlier but things got delayed this year," said Melinda Jandreau.

For those falling into the last second category, the postal service does send out a clerk at midnight to collect the forms that were dropped off after hours.

"What we do is, the lobby drop in the lobby, and the blue boxes in front of the offices are still accepting all drops at midnight. We will send clerks out to collect all the mail and cancel the stamps manually," Van said.

While the post office still performs this extra duty on tax day, it expects the amount of last second drop offs to continue to decrease as more and more people take advantage of e-filing.

How popular is e-filing? The numbers tell the story.

2000 - 28%
2003 - 40%
2006 - 54%
2009 - 67%

Which best describes your tax status?

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