Fort Worthians have gotten so good about preparing their taxes ahead of time that they don’t need special treatment on April 15 — in fact, the U.S. Postal Service called off midnight mail pickup last year and decided the city won’t need it this year, either.
Dallas, on the other hand, still has to keep its main post office open for procrastinators on tax day, which is Wednesday.
“Fort Worth folks have been so good about getting their taxes in there’s just not the need,” Postal Service spokeswoman Arlene Sanchez said. “It’s just like Christmas — we would do what we needed to do, but Fort Worth folks are just Johnny on the spot.”
Sanchez said Fort Worth used to “staff up” and set up tents for last-minute filers waiting outside, just in case it rained. The last year for that was 2013.
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“We didn’t have the customer visits to warrant continuing to do that,” she said, “and it worked out perfectly fine.”
If you live in Fort Worth and have dilly-Dallased around until Wednesday night, you have two options. Both involve a drive east.
Procrastinators who finish their returns before 8 p.m. can go to the post office at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, which is open until then. If you need to push it to the limit, plan to head into Dallas proper, where the post office on Tom Landry Freeway will have a retail window open and accept mail until midnight, Sanchez said.
She has a few tips for harried last-minute filers:
▪ Check the pickup schedule on the collection box. Returns must be inside the box before the last scheduled pickup.
▪ Because of heightened security, mail that has only postage stamps and weighs more than 13 ounces must be taken to a retail post office counter.
▪ Make sure you have enough postage so your tax documents won’t be returned. Be sure to include a return address.
Self-service kiosks where customers can weigh mail and buy postage are available 24 hours a day at most post offices, but be sure to check collection times.
The main Dallas post office is at 401 Tom Landry Freeway (401 DFW Turnpike on Google Maps). The DFW Airport post office is at 2200 W. 32nd St. in Dallas.
To look up post offices open past 5 p.m., visit usps.com.
Judy Wiley, 817-390-7843