If Shane Jones had a buck for every car he waved into "the tax line" Monday night, he probably wouldn't mind the sore arm muscles he woke up to Tuesday morning.
Somewhere between 5,000 and 10,000 last-minute tax filers swung their cars - via officer Jones' arm-aching chore - into line at the main post office on 2100 South and Redwood Road.And most all of them had one thing on their minds: Beating Uncle Sam's annual tax deadline.
"Everybody wants to know if we're going to stamp their returns tonight," postal worker Carol Aylon said.
Relax. "April 15" will adorn envelopes if you dropped them into boxes before midnight at one of 20 post offices throughout the state. If not, as the saying goes: "Send check or money order for full amount payable to "Internal Revenue Service." That's right - late filers can be slapped with a fine.
More than 250,000 Wasatch Front residents postponed filing their tax forms until Monday. Why?
"I do it so I won't get audited," Kevin Zollinger said. "It's probably a rumor, but I heard it works."
He figures IRS officials will be inundated with so many returns a week or so after April 15 that they wouldn't single him out for an audit.
Others procrastinate for a reason most of us procrastinate for: It's a nasty chore.
"I dread it every year; it's a wonder I ever beat the deadline," Susan Stauffer said.
"The last minute. I wait until the very last minute and then I finally get it done," Salote Tukuafu said.
Domino's Pizza eased the chore at the 2100 S. Redwood post office with about 5,000 slices of pepperoni pizza. Filers who lined up stowed their returns in huge canvas bags and then grabbed a slice on their way out.
"You can tell who had to pay or not - they're the ones who won't roll down their windows," Domino's worker Dawn Carlson said.
So what about those who filed early?
"As soon as I figured I was getting some money back, I had no problems putting my stuff in the mail," Randy Patterson said.