In the last half hour before the post office just west of France Avenue on 49 1/2 Street closed for the day, a couple dozen residents of Southwest Minneapolis and Edina filed into the building, clogging the lobby and clutching envelopes on which they had carefully printed the words “Internal Revenue Service” in blue or black ink. None had apparently .
“I know what this is about,” said Richard Allison, entering the building to mail a letter. “All these people dropping off their stuff late; I mailed my stuff over a month ago.”
They weren’t quite late, but almost, with federal and state tax returns due to be postmarked by the close of business Tuesday.
The Edina post office closed at 5 p.m. while the one at 54th and Nicollet didn’t close until 6:30 p.m.
Rachel Eike, who lives near Lake Harriet, arrived around 4:45 p.m. at the Edina location to file her federal and state returns. She said she thought the lines would be worse “at the very end.”
“I thought I’d get it done earlier, but I just kind of procrastinated,” she said.
She said she didn’t file online because her return is a little complicated and she likes to go back and forth between her documents and the forms.
Eike’s expecting a refund, she said, “so I should have done it sooner.”