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Some Bay Area Post Offices Staying Open Late For Last-Minute Tax Returns

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A handful of Bay Area post offices will stay open late Monday to allow last minute tax filers to turn in their paperwork.

The tax day lines at most post offices have shrunk in recent years because more people are filing their taxes online, according to U.S. Postal Service officials.

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Most post offices will maintain normal hours Monday, but for those who need to get that last-minute postmark, extended hours were available at the main post offices in San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland and Salinas, as well as at the Airport Station at 660 West Field Road in San Francisco and at the North Bay P&DC at 1150 McDowell Blvd. in Petaluma.

The San Francisco locations planned to stay open until midnight, with both window and curbside locations. The San Jose and Oakland post offices planned to stay open until 10 p.m., with both window and curbside service.

The Petaluma location planned to offer window service until 6 p.m. and curbside drop off from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and the Salinas location planned to offer curbside service until 8 p.m.

Postal service officials do not encourage late filing, since it contributes to mistakes, including insufficient postage and incorrect mailing addresses. Postage is 46 cents for the first ounce, or about four pages, and 20 cents for each additional ounce.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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