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The last minute rush to pay uncle Sam

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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany postal employees were working overtime to make sure anyone who got to the post office on time didn't get penalized.

They extended the courtesy, as they do every tax day, giving filers until midnight to get returns postmarked.

Many people showing up at the post office Friday night had a reason for waiting until the last day to mail in their taxes.

"My husband didn't have all of his paperwork so I had to go down there and made sure I did it," said Regina Brown, last minute filer.

Brown like many others went straight to the post office from the tax preparer's office.

"I already did it and I was waiting on the paperwork, I just got the paperwork yesterday," said Brown.

"We're stamping them on site, we have five piles, including state and local taxes," said Linda Jackson, Mail Processing Manager.

For those who weren't lucky enough to drive and drop it off before 9:30 they'll have to take those packages inside before the clock strikes 12.

"The can come into the lobby and put it into the blue box," said Jackson.

Despite a lot of people filing electronically managers say traffic flow has been steady this evening.

They've collected more than 3,000 pieces since closing time.

The post office gave many tax payers a chance to meet the payment deadline.

"I did it today and the lady said I did owe, I got my federal but they took the state," said Brown.

Taxpayers who can't pay the full amount still need to file return and pay what they can to avoid interest and penalties.

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