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Farley Post Office Quiet as Tax Day Deadline Looms

By Ben Fractenberg | April 18, 2011 7:22pm

By Ben Fractenberg

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

MIDTOWN — Tax Day usually brings long lines and mayhem to the city's main post office on Eighth Avenue across from Madison Square Garden.

But late Monday, the last day people had to file their 2010 tax returns, lines at the James A. Farley Post Office were almost non-existent.

"I'm surprised it's not more crowded," said Amy Collingwood, 37, who waited until the last day to file.

"I know it's the last minute," said one Midtown resident, who only would give her initials, M.G. "It just creeps up on you."

A Washington, D.C., holiday last Friday allowed for a three-day filing extension. That, combined with the increased popularity of electronic filing, meant that more people did not wait until the last minute to mail their taxes, several post office employees said.

"Last year, we processed 1.3 million tax returns," post office spokeswoman Darleen Reid told NY1. "We are expecting a little bit less [this year]."

Still, some procrastinators ran into trouble, still looking for forms hours before the midnight deadline to file.

"They don't have the [1040 EZ] tax form," said Van Huyghue, 63, who said he was told to go to two separate locations for his state and federal forms. "They are not making it very easy at all."

Post office workers said they expected things to pick up Monday night around 6 p.m. when people get off work and other branches close.

Two mobile post offices were parked on Eighth Avenue in front of the Farley Post Office to provide extra support.

The Farley Post Office will be open until midnight Monday for those looking to get their taxes in just under the wire.