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Mansfield nearest post office for late tax filing

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:12 PM

The closest post office open late Tuesday for taxpayers filing at the last minute is Mansfield, but at least it offers some amenities to make up for the stress of filing at the last minute.

The Mansfield office, at 200 N. Diamond Street, will postmark all tax returns brought in by midnight.

Brenda McGlone, supervisor of customer service support, said last-minute customers can get free neck and shoulder massages and free food, all donated by a local clinic and food suppliers.

"Dr. Rusty Whiteamare and his staff will be giving stress-relieving massages," she said. Crossroads donates hot dogs, lemonade and water. Jones Potato Chips donates chips and Eatmor Bundt Cake Company donates desserts.

"We've done it for many years," she said, just to make last-minute filing a little less stressful.

McGlone said one reason the Mansfield office could offer extended hours for last-minute filing is because it has trucks making runs to other post office centers every night after midnight.

"Every day we have afternoon trucks and midnight trucks going out," she said.

Since all local post offices send their mail to Mansfield for postmarks, she explained, her office has staff working until midnight every weekday.

"We're actually a processing center. For tax night, we break it down to the IRS that's going to Cincinnati and state taxes going to Columbus," McGlone said.

She had several tips for filers.

"If a tax return feels heavier than one ounce, it's a good idea to weigh it at the nearest post office the IRS will not pay additional postage and penalizes for late payment," she said.

McGlone also said filers might want to send their taxes through certified mail, which gives them a return receipt and proof they filed on time. Filers that do not have copies of their taxes should consider registered mail, she said.

"Registered mail is recommended for the ultimate peace of mind. It costs a little more, but it's secure. In fact, it's so safe the Hope diamond was sent to the Smithsonian via registered mail," she said.

Rob Nixon, postmaster at New London, used to work at the Mansfield Post Office. He said any of the smaller local offices would have to hire extra people, postmark any late returns by hand and then truck the returns directly to Cincinnati or Columbus since they couldn't reach the Mansfield branch in time for their regular trucking schedule.

"It wouldn't be cost effective to add an eight-hour shift plus the cost of transportation," he said, because smaller offices might only get 30 late returns.

All local post offices will be open regular hours:

Berlin Heights: 8:30 a.m. to noon; 2 to 4:30 p.m.

Collins: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Milan: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; 1 to 5 p.m.

Monroeville: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

New London: 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

North Fairfield: 7:15 to 11 a.m.; 12:15 to 4:30 p.m.

Norwalk: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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