Where to drop tax returns until midnight April 15

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Photo courtesy of the U.S. Postal Service.

PORTLAND, Ore. – Thursday marks the due date for Oregon, Washington and federal tax returns, barring an extension.

For those who owe 2009 taxes, that means this is the last day to get the returns in the mail without being penalized by the Internal Revenue Service. So, where can you go to get that return postmarked for April 15?

Twenty spots in the Portland metropolitan area will collect and postmark tax returns until midnight on Thursday. These are blue Postal Service collection boxes with special signage.

"These collection boxes will be marked with special yellow signs designating midnight pickup," according to a USPS press release.

Here are the yellow-sign locations in the Portland area:

  • Portland Airport Mail Facility, 7640 N.E. Airport Way, with retail service until 10 p.m. and collections until midnight
  • Portland Main Post Office, 715 N.W. Hoyt St., with retail service until 6:30 p.m. and collections until midnight
  • Air Mail Facility, 7640 N.E. Airport Way, which also has an automated postal center
  • Main Office Finance, 715 N.W. Hoyt St.
  • Rose City Park Station, 2425 N.E. 50th Ave.
  • Creston Station, 5010 S.E. Foster Road
  • Midway Retail Store, 400 S.E. 103rd Drive, which also has an automated postal center
  • Sellwood/Moreland Station, 6723 S.E. 16th Ave.
  • East Portland Station, 1020 S.E. 7th Ave., which also has an automated postal center
  • Milwaukie Station, 11222 S.E. Main St.
  • St. Johns Station, 8420 N. Ivanhoe St.
  • Eastport (Lents) Annex, 3850 S.E. 82nd Ave., which also has an automated postal center
  • Multnomah Station, 7805 S.W. 40th Ave., which also has an automated postal center
  • Tigard Branch, 12210 S.W. Main St., which also has an automated postal center
  • Forest Park Station, 1706 N.W. 24th Ave.
  • Oak Grove Branch, 3860 S.E. Naef Road, which also has an automated postal center
  • University Station, 1505 S.W. 6th Ave., which also has an automated postal center
  • Holladay Park Station, 815 N.E. Schuyler St.
  • Parkrose Station, 4048 N.E. 122nd Ave., which also has an automated postal center
  • West Slope Station, 3225 S.W. 87th Ave., which also has an automated postal center
  • Kenton Station, 2130 N. Kilpatrick St.
  • Piedmont Station, 630 N.E. Killingsworth St.

Here are the yellow-sign locations in other areas of Oregon:

  • Bend Main Post Office, 2300 N.E. 4th St., Bend
  • Eugene Gateway General Mail Facility, 3148 Gateway Loop, Springfield
  • Klamath Falls Post Office, 317 S 7th St., Klamath Falls
  • Salem Post Office, 1050 25th St. SE, Salem

Unlike past years, there will no post office in Southwest Washington accepting midnight returns.

"Fewer and fewer people are using the mail to send in their return," said Ernie Swanson, spokesperson for the Washington postal district. "The IRS estimates it's down to 30 percent of people who are still mailing their return."

The United States Postal Service reminds those filers stilling popping their return in the mail to ensure "each envelope carries the proper postage." Postage can be purchased after post-office hours at many grocery stores, at automated postal centers and online at usps.com.