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Judy Owens of Mays Landing looks over tax information at Liberty Tax Services at Festival in Hamilton Township. Friday January 14 2011 Taxpayers will have until April 18 to file income taxes this year, thanks to a Washington D.C. holiday. This means taxpayers have more time to file. (The Press of Atlantic City / Ben Fogletto) Ben Fogletto

Post offices on tax deadline day used to be bustling with frantic filers.

Several post offices in southern New Jersey were routinely open until midnight for procrastinators who would push the deadline to the last minute.

Now, with the growth of electronic filing, that is no longer the case.

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Pleasantville Postmaster Joe DeLuca said he expects today to be only slightly more hectic than a normal Monday.

"This will make it a little busy, but nothing like what it used to be," DeLuca said.

The only southern New Jersey post office open today until midnight is in Bellmawr, Camden County, said Ray Daiutolo, spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service in New Jersey.

Another one is open until midnight in Delaware.

The demand for a late-night post office on tax day has dropped significantly, he said.

"Over the last few years, the number of people filing later has declined as more people are filing earlier in the day and because the IRS is encouraging more people to file electronically," Daiutolo said. "In the past, a lot of people would wait till after hours and we would have to have strategic locations available in the past."

Around for more than 20 years, electronic filing by computer has increased significantly in the past six years, according to figures from the Internal Revenue Service.

This year is on pace to see the highest use of e-filing in its history.

Eighty-seven percent of taxpayers have filed electronically as of April 8, according to the IRS.

In 2000, only about 28 percent filed taxes electronically.

April is the most popular month for filing taxes - about one-third of taxpayers file this month, according to the IRS.

About 7 percent of taxpayers seek a six-month extension to file, according to Gregg Semanick, spokesman for the IRS in New Jersey.

Some IRS tips for filing:

Check the identification numbers, like Social Security numbers for each person listed. Missing, incorrect or ineligible Social Security numbers can delay or reduce a tax refund.

Double check your figures.

Sign your form. You must sign and date your return. Both spouses need to sign a joint return even if only one had an income.

Go to www.irs.gov for more information.

The tax deadline this year is today, April 18, because of Emancipation Day, a holiday observed in the District of Columbia but not nationally.

By law, the District of Columbia holiday - which celebrates Abraham Lincoln's of freeing the slaves in the nation's capital in 1862 - cannot fall on the tax deadline day. This year, the holiday was observed April 15.

Emancipation Day will also extend the tax deadline next year to April 17.

Contact Brian Ianieri:

609-272-7253

 

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