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Albany- A steady stream of cars were at the main post office on Slappey Boulevard Friday evening, everyone scrambling to get those federal taxes postmarked. You might call it the quick hand-off.

"It's kinda like lay me down beat me like a dog aint it?," says one driver. It's that time of year again and many waited until the last minute to get those taxes mailed off before deadline.

Dorothy Brown says, "First year ever being last. I never been in the line like this." "It's getting really busy," says postal worker Janet Slappey. "We have a lot of procrastinators and you know a lot of people like to wait until the last minute," says worker Perry Bennett.

Postal workers were there to save taxpayers from Uncle Sam. "My job is to make sure that they get postmarked by today the 15th," says Bennett. "I owed this year, made too much money," says one driver.

Taxpayers that don't owe Uncle Sam are hoping to expedite a quick refund. "I hope I get some money. I better be getting some money back. They said I was getting some money back," says Patrick Brokerd.

But most are relieved to see the dreaded April 15th come and go. "I'm just glad it's over with," says Clester Crawford. Some offer advice on how to avoid the last-minute crunch. Norman Brooks says, "As soon as I get my w-2's I file."

But there is a remedy for those who aren't as quick to file. "If they give it me before twelve o' clock, I'll get it postmarked for them, me and Janice," says Bennett.

They'll both be collecting and stamping envelopes locally to make sure they get to the IRS in the nick of time.

posted by len.kiese@walb.com