Few post offices have extended hours for tax deadline

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A 2013 1040-ES IRS Estimated Tax form. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

A 2013 1040-ES IRS Estimated Tax form. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

WASHINGTON (AP) – The calendar shows April 15, and you haven’t even started on your federal tax return? Don’t fret. If you’re due a refund, April 15 isn’t much of a deadline at all.

The Internal Revenue Service doesn’t like to talk about it, but penalties for filing late federal tax returns apply only to people who owe money. The penalty is a percentage of what you owe. If you owe nothing, 5 percent of nothing is …nothing.

But it doesn’t make much sense for anyone to file late. If you are owed a refund, why wouldn’t you want it as soon as possible? And if you have unpaid taxes, the late fees add up quickly.

The IRS says about three-fourths of filers get refunds.

A trio of Southland postal facilities will be open late tonight to accommodate last-minute tax filers.

All three locations will collect stamped mail until midnight. All other postal facilities will observe normal hours.
The locations with extended hours are:

– 7001 S. Central Ave., Los Angeles;
— 3101 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana; and
— 28201 Franklin Parkway, Santa Clarita.

The Los Angeles and Santa Ana locations will have retail service available until 7 p.m. Retail service will be available at the Santa Clarita location until 5 p.m.


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