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The main Southaven Post Office, which has lobby hours open until 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 15, Tax Day, for late filers needing to have their income tax forms mailed out.  

Monday is Tax Day and last-minute income tax filers have been reminded by the U.S. Postal Service of where and when they can get their tax forms into the post office to make the Monday deadline. 

Most post office lobbies will close at their normal time Monday. The Southaven main post office at 7550 Airways Blvd. will stay open until 5:30 p.m.

The Southaven Post Office also has a Self Service Kiosk that customers may use.

The Internal Revenue Service accepts the First-Class postmark as proof of filing by April 15.

The Postal Service provides these tips for income tax filers mailing returns:

* If filing on April 15, mail early in the day at any Post Office. Be sure to verify Post Office hours of operation.

* If depositing returns in a collection box on April 15, double-check the pick-up schedule on the collection box.

* To ensure getting the April 15 postmark, deposit returns before the last scheduled pickup time.

* Affix the correct postage. Some returns include many forms and require additional postage. IRS does not pay postage due and will return items to sender.

* One ounce for letter size returns is 55 cents for stamp postage, 50 cents for metered postage. The second and third ounces are an additional 15 cents for each ounce, regardless of postage type. Large envelopes, or letters weighing over 3.5 ounces, are subject to an oversize rate of $1.00 for one ounce and 15 cents per additional ounce.

* When possible, use the envelope provided by the IRS and be sure to include a return address. If the envelope provided by the IRS is unavailable, be sure to verify the IRS address where returns should be mailed. The Postal Service offers flexible products and services for use when mailing tax returns.

Bob Bakken is Managing Editor for the DeSoto Times-Tribune.

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