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Form 4868 - Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File Income Tax

How to file a request for an extension?

What is an extension request IRS tax?

A request for extension is an extension of time to file your tax return. However, it is not an extension of time to pay your tax bill.

Any taxpayer can get a 6-month extension of the tax return by filing Form 4868. It is easy to prepare and submit an application for extension of federal tax with efile.com.

Why or why should not submit an application for IRS tax extension?

If you do not have enough information to start or all past and file a tax return taxes on April 17, must apply for an extension of tax by that date. But will have to find out how much you expect to owe taxes and pay (at least 90% of their balance due) on April 17 in order to avoid IRS penalties and interest. You can calculate your tax liability (or tax refund) with our free tax calculator.

Three tips on extending tax

1. You should only file a tax extension request if you have all the information you need to prepare a tax return.
2. Do not file a tax extension request if you owe taxes to the IRS. An extension of taxes will not extend the deadline for payment!
3. Do not file a request for extension of tax if you already have all the materials you need to prepare and file your tax return.

Should I consider filing a tax extension request?

Before submitting an application for extension of taxes, consider the following common mistakes:

Myth: "Filing a tax extension postpones my tax deadline and my tax payments without penalty from the IRS."

Reality: An extension request only postpones tax when filing, not paying your taxes!

Although you will incur IRS penalties for not paying your taxes on time, the penalties are much worse for not filing a tax extension or your tax return.

Before submitting, educate yourself about your tax situation: Try our free tools educator taxes to determine if someone qualifies as your dependent, if you can claim the Earned Income Tax Credit or Child Tax Credit. Or if you can file as head of the family!

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