Taxpayers who need to send their returns at the last minute on Tuesday, April 15, will be able to mail them until 9 p.m. at the post office in the Read ‘n Post store on Coast Village Road.

“We have received permission from the U.S. Postal Service to extend our hours on tax deadline day,” said Read ‘n Post owner-manager Jan Hendrickson. “We hope this will be a helpful convenience to many people in the Santa Barbara-Montecito area.”

All items mailed at the Read ‘n Post before 9 p.m. will be postmarked May 15, the deadline for sending both federal and California state tax returns.

Stamps will also be available for purchase until 9 p.m. on Tuesday. However, large boxes and other packages cannot be accepted after the normal 6 p.m. closing time at Read ‘n Post.

Read ‘n Post is located at 1026-B Coast Village Road in the Montecito Country Mart, near the traffic roundabout where Hot Springs Road and Coast Village Road meet. Vons grocery is in the same shopping center.

Regular post office hours at Read ‘n Post are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 9:30 to 2 on Saturday. Weekday store hours are 9 to 6, Monday-Saturday, and 9 to 5 on Sunday.

Hendrickson also noted that Rori’s Artisanal Creamery, a popular ice cream shop in the Montecito Country Mart, will be open until 10 p.m. on Tuesday. “For people who want to sweeten the sometimes sour experience of mailing their taxes, Rori’s is only a few steps away from Read ‘n Post.”


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