Income tax filers who planned to mail their tax returns just before the midnight deadline Wednesday should already have the necessary postage on the envelope.
Wednesday, the United States Postal Service will close the lobby at the main post office at 8 p.m., said spokeswoman Nancy Clark. It is the only post office open late Wednesday. In the past, the lobby at the main post office at 451 College St. has remained open until midnight April 15 so patrons could get their envelopes weighed and stamped.
However, all envelopes with proper postage deposited before midnight in the collection boxes at the College Street Post Office — on both the College Street side and the Hardeman Street sides of the building — will be postmarked April 15, Clark said.
“It’s just because of the budget,” she said, explaining the change.
For people who don’t have the correct postage after 8 p.m. Wednesday, there is an option. The automated postage center in the lobby of the Zebulon Post Office off Zebulon Road, at 7040 Peake Road, is full of postage and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, she said. But the envelope still must be deposited in the College Street collection boxes to get an April 15 postmark.
The Internal Revenue Service will not accept returns without postage or with insufficient postage.