The Internal Revenue Service said that the roughly 400 taxpayers who mailed their returns late because of incorrect information in Cleveland's major newspaper will not be penalized by the federal government.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer printed a list of area post offices that would be open until midnight on Monday, the tax filing deadline. However, the paper listed a number of incorrect offices in the suburbs of Broadview Heights, Euclid and Parma that were not keeping late hours to offer last-minute filers the precious April 17 postmark.Cleveland Postmaster W. Spencer Hsu and Plain Dealer editor Doug Clifton both sent letters to federal, state and local income tax officials asking that the tardy taxpayers not be punished. A spokesman for the Ohio State Department of Taxation only said that the tax commissioner would consider the appeals.
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