Tardy taxpayers have ’til midnight | AspenTimes.com

Tardy taxpayers have ’til midnight

Sarah S. Chung

Today is “T-day” and the clock is ticking, but procrastinators will have ’til the stroke of midnight to meet the tax-return deadline.

The Aspen, Woody Creek, and Old Snowmass post office branches will close at the normal hour, but any tax returns dropped off at those facilities by midnight will get an April 15 postmark, thanks to a late-night shift by postal employees.

“We just wanted to take care of our customers and help them get their forms off on time,” said Woody Creek interim postmaster Evie McBride. “I know people are struggling, because they’re still coming in and picking up tax forms.”

So postal patrons who can’t quite get their act, or returns, together by the end of business hours can drop off their forms in the lobbies or drop-off boxes in front of those three post offices. Make sure to use only the boxes at the facilities; using other post office boxes in the area will not result in the coveted postmark.

According to Aspen’s brand new postmaster, the decision on how to operate on tax day is up to each postmaster. Since he’s fairly new to the job, Bob Reinstra decided to stick to the way things have been done in the past.

“We’re here to serve the community and every community’s different,” Reinstra said. “Extending hours is something we can do and would gladly do, if that’s what people want.”

If a midnight deadline is still not good enough, be prepared to pay some fines.

“Always file, regardless. File for an extension if you have to, but the biggest penalty is for not filing – not for not paying,” said Dale Miller, a tax consultant at the IRS assistance line.

The damage is a 5 percent monthly fine for missing today’s deadline plus half of a half-percent fine per month (not to exceed 25 percent) on anything owed. And the kicker is an 8 percent yearly compounded interest rate assessed on everything not paid to the federal government.

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