On April 17, 2011, the price for an additional ounce rises to 20 cents.
The Tax Day deadline for Federal Tax filing is April 18: Tax Day for federal Taxes this year is Monday, April 18. The deadline was moved from April 15 because of the observance of Emancipation Day, a Washington DC holiday. Federal Taxes must be postmarked by Monday, April 18 to qualify for timely filing.
Tax Day for Massachusetts State Taxes this year is Tuesday, April 19. The deadline was moved because of the observance of Patriot’s Day, a Massachusetts state holiday. Because the majority of Massachusetts Residents file electronically, there will be no extended hours for Post Offices or collection boxes in the Greater Boston Postal District. On Tax Night deadline nights, April 18 and April 19, the window operation at Fort Point Station at 25 Dorchester Ave.
National news stories have announced that the IRS will not mail out hard-copy tax forms for the first time this year. Tax payers will be able to pick them up at IRS offices and online. IRS locations can be found at: http://www.irs.gov
The IRS expects approximately 142 million Americans to file tax returns this year with an estimated 30 percent of them using the mail. Approximately 70 percent of Americans can expect a refund. Most Americans file their taxes well in advance, but the IRS says 25 percent wait until the last week to file or mail their return.
Tax Mailing tips:
• Apply proper postage and stamps, especially with extra forms/schedules. It costs 44 cents for the first ounce. Before April 17, add 17 cents for each additional ounce. On April 17, the price for additional ounce rises to 20 cents. One ounce is about four pages, but since paper weights vary, it’s always best to check or play it safe and add a stamp.
• If you use a larger envelope, First Class postage is 88 cents for the first ounce.
• Double check the last collection time before depositing a tax return in a blue collection box on April 18 to ensure that your return is postmarked before the deadline.
• If you use a non-IRS labeled envelope, make sure you print the proper IRS address.
• Print your return address in the upper-left-hand corner of your tax mail envelope.
• Customers with tax questions can contact the IRS at 1-800-829-1040; or www.irs.gov