Archive for Tuesday, April 15, 2008

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Post office to close at 5:30 p.m.

April 15, 2008


Despite early closing, post office party goes on

6News reporter George Diepenbrock tells us how a group of musicians will relieve stress on Tax Day even if the Internet cuts their fun short. Enlarge video

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For two decades, they've been procrastinators' best friends on Tax Day.

They are the musicians and cloggers who lighten the mood at the Lawrence post office, 645 Vt., for those rushing in, as late as midnight, to send off their tax returns.

"It's just kind of a Lawrence thing. This is a great town for that type of stuff," said Steve Mason, of The Alferd Packer Memorial String Band.

But today, with the number of late filers dwindling over the years, the annual Tax Day party will have a different feel. The post office will close at its normal time, 5:30 p.m., because of a district U.S. Postal Service decision, said Lawrence Postmaster Judy Raney.

"There are a lot more people filing electronically now," she said.

Mason added that in recent years fewer people have bumped up against the April 15 mailing deadline.

Internal Revenue Service spokesman Michael Devine said the agency expects 78 percent of Kansans to file their returns electronically, including some who have waited until the last minute today.

Raney said the post office still sees a rush of people trying to beat the April 15 mailing deadline, but the postal service has decided not to treat this deadline differently than others.

The last two years, the downtown post office was open until 7 p.m. for tax filers, and for many years people had until midnight in Lawrence.

But today's normal closing time won't bring a Lawrence tradition to a halt.

Mason has invited all acoustic musicians to the post office lobby from 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. for a jam session. They might even play the traditional "William Tell Overture" if people trickle in.

They also plan to return to the lobby at 7 p.m. for the traditional music and dancing. The lobby doesn't close.

"It's the end of the tax season. Your taxes are due. It's time for a party," Mason said.

Tax day tips

¢ If you miss the mail collection deadline in Lawrence, you can drop off mail that has postage by midnight at the Kansas City Processing and Distribution Center, 1700 Cleveland Ave., Kansas City, Mo., or the General Mail Facility, 1410 N.W. Gage Blvd., in Topeka.

¢ If you file electronically, visit If your adjusted gross income was less than $54,000 in 2007, you qualify for Free File. If not, the Web site can guide you to IRS e-file partners online.

¢ At, you can also get access to a Form 4868 to send in a six-month filing extension or e-file it through the Web site. Even with an extension, you should still pay by today if you are required to, said Michael Devine, an IRS spokesman.

Sources: IRS, U.S. Postal Service


newsreader 10 years, 1 month ago

I filed and have my refund already... can someone come throw me a lil party too???

jumpin_catfish 10 years, 1 month ago

The end of the tax season! What a joke the tax season is never over. The government in one form or another has its hand in my pocket all the time. Taxation without representation is a great idea if the representatives aren't looking for way to take our money.

geppetto 10 years, 1 month ago

The tax Nazi says: No Party for you!!!

Sean Livingstone 10 years, 1 month ago

jumpin_catfish,you're paying for the road you use, the services you enjoy... nothing is free.

deskboy04 10 years, 1 month ago

I think that this is annoying. Cute news stories about paying taxes are out of touch. Some of us have had to come up with a lot of money to send the government. That's the law, and we do what we are supposed to ...but I will continue to file on line if it means I can avoid this foolishness.

newsreader 10 years, 1 month ago

Well... not to be an arse, but you could plan ahead and save throughout the year so you have money when the tax man comes calling... But I do agree, I dont know papers write stories as if the end of a tax year is something to celebrate.

Martin Shupert 10 years, 1 month ago

Yes. Let's get all these kinds of stories out of the paper. I need more wrecks, shootings, and death. Maybe we could have a story about the plague tomorrow so people are not irritated by a silly story. Geesh. Some musicians decide to play and sing. Someone writes about it. What is the problem?

Jillster 10 years, 1 month ago

As they say in some situations, you've either gotta laugh or cry. And when it comes to the common burden of tax day, it has been a tradition in Lawrence to laugh in the face of adversity by having a bit of a party so that there is at least SOMETHING to look forward to on April 15th.I'm just glad that there is an article in the paper that lets people know they DON'T have until midnight or 7pm to file tonight. I'm also glad that there are still some remains of the old tax day traditions being carried on at the post office this afternoon/evening.

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