Houston Post Office ready for tax day

April 16, 2009 3:20:17 AM PDT
The deadline for filing federal income tax returns is Wednesday, April 15. * More Tax Help

To prepare for the annual onslaught of last-minute tax filers, Postmaster Bobby Collins is extending the hours at the Houston Main Post Office located at 401 Franklin Street in downtown Houston until midnight.

In addition, Foxbrook Finance Station will have full retail service available until midnight on April 15.

Foxbrook Finance Station, located at 7231 FM 1960 West in Humble in the Foxbrook Plaza at the northeast corner of FM 1960 West and Foxbrick Lane near Intercontinental Airport, offers full retail service 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

Customers seeking information on the location nearest them with extended hours are encouraged to visit usps.com or call our 24 hour toll-free number, 1-800-ASK-USPS, (1-800-275-8777).

For customers electing to drop their tax return at the Houston Main Post Office, a total of seven curb-side collection sites will be in place in the immediate area from approximately 5 p.m. through midnight.

Customers with official tax filing envelopes bearing proper postage can have their mail collected and postmarked by Postal Service employees without exiting their vehicles from the following locations:

  • Houston Main Post Office customer parking lot at 401 Franklin
  • West bound traffic on Franklin at the corner of Franklin and Smith
  • North bound traffic on Bagby between Memorial and Franklin
  • East bound traffic on Franklin in front of the Houston Main Post Office
  • North bound traffic on Louisiana going toward IH-10 ramp between Preston and Congress
  • At the corner of Milam and Franklin for traffic exiting from IH-45 South on Milam
  • Congress between Louisiana and Smith
  • For last minute filers, here are some Postal Service mailing tips:

  • Use First-Class postage.
  • Use pre-addressed labels where possible.
  • Write clearly. Take special care to ensure that handwritten envelopes are legible and include a return address.
  • Affix sufficient postage. One ounce is 42 cents. Each additional ounce up to 13 ounces costs an additional 17 cents.
  • Double-check postage. Weigh any return that feels heavier than one ounce. Tax agencies will not accept postage due mail. Tax returns bearing insufficient postage will be returned - meaning taxpayers may be penalized for filing late tax returns.
  • Avoid the mad rush at the post office. Mail returns in local collection boxes, but remember to make certain the posted pick-up time has not passed to ensure returns will have an April 15th postmark.
  • For customers who send original receipts to tax agencies, Registered Mail is a good choice.
  • Make certain bulky envelopes are securely sealed.
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