We only got our tax return back from our CPA yesterday (Sunday). We didn’t owe any Federal taxes, in fact we are getting a refund. But we do owe New York state income tax. But we were headed to Niagara Falls on the Canada side to celebrate our 13th wedding anniversary later that day. Our accountant always recommends that we mail our tax returns via certified mail with return receipt requested. We could have mailed it Yesterday at one of the automated postal centers, but we couldn’t done it certified or with return receipt requested. At least I don’t think we could.
So today we woke up in our Canadian hotel. We got dressed, and got out car from the valet. I had intended to lookup up the nearest post office on the American side on the internet. But seeing that our hotel charges $20 a day for wi-fi, I decided not to use it. I knew of a used book store over in Niagara Falls, NY called Book Center. My wife and drove there, and looked for books. This is one of my favorite used book stores, but I didn’t find a lot today. I did buy one book. I asked the guy if he knew of a nearby post office. It turned out the nearest post office was right out their back door.
We walked over to the USPS office. There were no other customers. This close to the deadline to mail taxes I was expecting lines, and a long wait. I grabbed a certified mail slip, and a return receipt slip, and filled them out. We were in and out after mail our tax return. How painless! It was kind of funny crossing back into Canada again. When the guy asked us why we were in the US, and I answered to mail our taxes. He waved us right through. I was relatively painless!