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How to eFile Tax Extensions and/or pay IRS and/or State Taxes by May 17, 2021
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The IRS tax extension deadline is May 17, 2021. Most State Extension Deadlines are May 17, some are May 1, 2021.

e-Filing a tax return or tax extension by May 17 will eliminate a late filing penalty, not the late tax payment penalty, if you don't pay your taxes due by May 17. After that, the last day to e-File your 2020 return(s) is October 15: If you owe taxes, e-File something (return or extension) even if you can't pay anything now! After Oct. 15, you can only file paper returns.

  • You can eFile a free IRS Tax Extension, not state tax extensions. Pay state taxes online - see instructions below. If you don't know the amount or IRS or Federal Taxes and/or State Taxes you owe, create a free eFile.com working copy 2020 tax return and see what you owe - in your My Account on eFile.com - and pay that amount.
  • If you owe IRS taxes, you can pay them via bank direct transfer, credit card, wire, check/money order, or cash here: Pay IRS or Federal Taxes Online
  • For most states, if you pay the taxes you owe, that serves also as a state tax extension. If you do not know what you owe, create a free eFile.com working copy 2020 tax return and see what you owe - in your My Account on eFile.com - and pay that amount, then pay your taxes by state online here 

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Step 1.1: IRS Tax Extension - Page 1

After sign in, follow the steps below to prepare and eFile an IRS extension for free on eFile.com.

IRS Extension

Step 1.2: IRS Tax Extension - Page 2

Fill in some simple information to identify yourself to the IRS.

IRS Extension

Step 1.3: IRS Tax Extension - Page 3

If you owe taxes, you can click on the second link. However, you can also pay directly at the IRS site via this link: https://www.irs.gov/payments

IRS Extension

Step 1.4: IRS Tax Extension - Page 4

Click Continue Filing

IRS Extension

Step 1.5: IRS Tax Extension - Page 5

Click on the link in the text "clicking here" to review your extension before you eFile it. Then, check the reCAPTCHA box. You must click e-File Extension in order for it to be eFiled.

IRS Extension

Step 1.6: IRS Tax Extension - Page 6

Once your IRS extension has been eFiled, click on My Account and then on the PDF icon to download your PDF file for the IRS extension.

IRS Extension

Step 2: State Extension

For most states, if you pay the state taxes you owe by the due date, that payment serves also as a state tax extension. If you do not know what you owe, create a free eFile.com working copy 2020 tax return - click on your My Account and review the state return - pay the state tax amount, then pay your taxes by state online here.

Step 3: Filing your Tax Return after the Extension

After the IRS (and applicable state) has accepted your tax extension, you have been granted time to prepare. Between filing and Oct. 15, 2021, get your forms together and pay any due tax - as much or little as you can. Return to your eFile.com account and click the Work on Return item on the menu. Here, you will see the usual preparation and filing screen. Report all of your information here and go over any forms you may have reported previously. Once everything is present, click File to see your return.

Once you are satisfied with your return, have reported all of your tax forms, and are ready to file, go through the eFile checkout process. For returning to eFile.com, use promo code ext40efile to save 40% when you complete and e-file your 2020 Tax Returns - IRS and states - by October 15, 2021.

Option on How to Pay IRS Taxes. If you know the amount of IRS taxes you owe, click the link below to either pay via bank direct transfer, credit card, wire, check/money order or by cash.

Pay IRS Taxes Online

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