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Orem postmaster Wally Adams expects things to get "pretty interesting" around midafternoon Monday, April 17.

That's when he expects most American taxpayers will be wanting to mail their 1994 income tax returns - taking advantage of the extra weekend days this year."That's when you can count on all roads leading to the post office," said Adams. "Since we are predicting heavy tax-related traffic in the vicinity of the main post office again this year, we have taken an extra step or two to alleviate some of that congestion."

Postal customers can avoid a trip to the main office by mailing their returns or extension requests early in the day at any collection box or contract station in Orem.

However, Adams said everyone should double-check the pickup schedule on the collection boxes.

Late collections will be made at 11:30 p.m. at the boxes at the University Mall self-service unit, at 30 W. Center Street west of McDonald's, Macey's on 800 North and Smith's at 45 S. State.

All mail posted before midnight will receive an April 17 cancellation at the Salt Lake City processing facility.

Normally, cutoff time for deposited mail is 5:45 p.m. weekdays and 4:30 p.m. on weekends. The temporary extension is designed to help late filers.

"This certainly can be a hectic time," said Adams. "And in the hustle and bustle of completing and signing forms, it's easy to overlook the simple things. Try to mail as early in the day as possible. Be certain to weigh your returns on a postal scale and calculate the proper amount of postage.

"This is especially true if you are filing extra forms or schedules this year," said Adams. "Tax agencies will not pay postage due."