Options limited for late tax filers tonight

RALEIGH Some private tax preparation companies like H&R Block stayed open until midnight Wednesday.

Since more taxpayers filed by computer this year, snail mail is losing some steam.

The U.S. Postal Service says it is strapped for cash and because of a combination of technology and the economy, only one post office in Raleigh, one in Durham and one in Fayetteville stayed open late to accept last minute returns only.

According to the Postal Service, 60 percent of Americans e-filed last year. In N.C. e-filers made up two-thirds of returns.

The three Triangle post offices that were open late were, Westgate Station in Raleigh, the post office at La Plaza Latina in Durham and the post office on Green Street in Fayetteville.

Many post offices have self-serve, automated postal center kiosks, which accept mail around the clock. Those stations only give a time stamped receipt, but the receipt is not proof of postal pick-up. The post office says the mail times for the self-service machines are dictated by post office hours, not the kiosk time.

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