The April 15th deadline to send in your state and federal taxes has arrived, and despite the growing trend of submitting them electronically the main post office in Midtown expects to see a steady line of last minute paper filers. NY1's Rocco Vertuccio filed the following report.
Despite our high-tech society, when it comes to filing taxes some New Yorkers still do it the way they always have.
A few last-minute filers rushed into the main post office in Midtown Tuesday morning. They chose to mail their returns instead of doing it electronically. Some trust the U.S. Postal Service more than the electronic system with their returns.
"No, we don't deal with that. I want to make sure it gets there," said one filer.
Those standing in line are now in the minority. The IRS says 90 percent of this year's returns are being e-filed. That has made the post office mostly irrelevant on Tax Day. Only the main post office is now open until midnight for last-minute filers.
"Our role is still to accept that mail, make sure it gets to the IRS, whether it's Albany, DC. Make sure it gets there on time. We still want to provide the best service possible possible today, on Tax Day," said USPS Postmaster Elvin Mercado.
Despite a few concerns, e-filing gets mostly good reviews from New Yorkers, especially those getting a refund.
"I did mine electronically, e-tax," said one New Yorker. "It was a very simple process."
Those who cannot file their returns before the deadline can file an extension, form 4868. It's a six-month extension to file, not to pay. If you think you owe, estimate how much as best as possible and send in that amount with the extension. The government charges a late penalty fee and interest on what you owe.
Those who cannot pay the total amount due can apply for a payment plan online by going to irs.gov.
For more last-minute mailing tips, visit USPS.com.