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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  • by RF Location: Meridian on Apr 18, 2010 at 01:05 PM
    I appreciate the service that our postal workers and mail carriers provide for us. It is something that I don't mind my tax dollars going for. I order a lot of products that are delivered to my front door by my mail carrier and I also send out a lot of items by the mail. I appreciate being able to put a bill in my mail box and have the confidence that it will be delivered in a timely manner. I don't like to pay bills with the internet. I would miss it if Saturday delivery was done away with. I look forward to the walk to my mail box each afternoon after work.
  • by James on Apr 17, 2010 at 02:49 PM
    Remember when the post office used to get the job done and make a profit without ZIP codes and expensive computerized automated equipment? And the 'mail men' delivered their mail on their routes by walking while carrying heavy leather mail pouches? And getting any junk mail was unheard of, let alone getting a mailbox stuffed full of it. Yeah, I know, there IS such a wonderful thing called progress...
  • by John Location: Lauderdale on Apr 16, 2010 at 07:39 AM
    This is more proof that the US Postal Service should cut the number of days that they are open down to maybe two days. They are out of date and just another burden on tax payers. Since I do most of my banking online the only thing I get in the mail is junk mail.
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