“It kind of slipped up on us this year,” said Bonnie Pickett of Talladega County. “You don’t want to print what my husband said.”
Pickett parked her car at the Cropwell Post Office so she could walk inside the building and personally hand-deliver the large white envelope.
“He said, make sure they postmark this today,” she said waiving the large envelope in her hand.
Joel McNutt, who is a postal employee at the Cropwell Post Office, said Pickett was one scores of people who came inside the post office to hand-deliver their tax returns that morning.
“It hasn’t been as bad as in years past but yes, it’s been pretty steady this morning,” McNutt said. “They want to hand it to me, just to make sure they get it postmarked today.”
People had until Monday to get their tax returns in the mail before facing possible penalties.
“I’ve had about 200 people who actually came in and handed me their tax returns,” McNutt said. “It’s no telling what’s in the drop boxes.”
Postal employees said all mail in drop boxes are postmarked for April 15, if deposited before 5 p.m. Monday. That’s when post office employees empty the metal boxes.
“I just dropped off our Alabama taxes,” said Pam Bedsole of Pell City.
Bedsole said she and her husband recently returned from an out-of-town trip and picked up their completed tax papers from their accountant Monday morning.
“We’re cutting it close,” Bedsole said.
She did not hand-deliver the return to a postal employee so she could physically see someone stamp Monday’s date on the envelope.
“I dropped it right over there,” Bedsole said, pointing to the drop box inside the main Pell City Post Office on U.S. 231. “I’m trusting.”
But she was also relieved to get the return in the mail and on its way to the state tax collectors.
“I’m a procrastinator,” said Joe Todd of Pell City.
He also mailed his state tax return Monday.
“I did my federal tax return in January,” Todd said. “I think I owe $80 to the state.”
John McDaniel of Ohatchee, a long-time employee at the post office in Pell City, took a large package from Todd for delivery.
“Okay,” McDaniel joked. “See you next year.”
He said they were busy during the lunch hour with people bringing in their tax returns before the post office closed at 4:30 p.m.
“Back in the olden days we had someone up front just to take and date them (the envelopes with tax returns),” McDaniel said. “We haven’t done that in a while.”
He said the local post office doesn’t get the last-minute crowds like they did in past years.
“It’s dropped off a bit since everyone does it electronically,” McDaniel said.
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