East Texans Race To File Returns

Emotions ran the gamut outside the Tyler post office on Martin Luther King Blvd. Tuesday.

For many taxpayers, relief set in as soon as their documents were signed, sealed and shipped. However, many East Texans expecting the doors to stay open until midnight found themselves racing against an impending deadline. In Longview and Tyler, only two post offices remained open until 8 p.m., while two closed at 5 p.m.

A spokesperson for the U.S. postal service says they deemed the 8 p.m.deadline suitable to meet the needs of the market based on last year's business records.

At least 100 people unaware of the new deadline showed up to find their taxes would be late.

"I came to file my extension and I got here to find out the deadline was eight o'clock, says Kevin Harris. "It's a little bit of a disappointment. I've come here for the last two years, it has always been postmarked for the 15th if I got here by midnight."

Kerri Panchuk, reporting.