Prepare, e-File Tax Extensions, Pay Taxes

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How to eFile Tax Extensions and/or pay IRS and/or State Taxes by April 18, 2022
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The return/extension deadline is April 18, 2022; most State Extension Deadlines are April 18 and some are May 1, 2022.

Attention: A 2021 tax return extension only postpones the deadline to file the 2021 return by October 17, 2022 penalty free if the taxes due are paid on time. It does NOT postpone the deadline to pay taxes without late payment penalties. If you owe taxes, pay them by tax day. However, if you do not have the funds to pay your taxes due by tax day, file an extension as it will eliminate the late filing penalty which is generally higher than the late tax payment penalty. How do you know how much taxes you will owe when preparing the tax extension?

Tax Tip: If you do not know if you owe taxes or not, create a free tax return on eFile.com and view the results before you e-File a tax extension. Furthermore, you can prepare and file a tax return now and pay later in case you do not have the fund by Tax Day. This would also eliminate the IRS and/or state late filing penalty. See details about state tax extensions.

Pay Taxes Online: IRS or Federal | State(s)

After April 18, 2022, the last day to e-File your 2021 return(s) is October 15 October 17. Thus, if you owe taxes, e-File something (return or extension) even if you can't pay (taxes) anything now! After October 15 October 17, 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 2021 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 2021 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 

Sign Up for a Free eFile.com Account | Or Sign In to your existing eFile.com Account.

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: Additional Extension Questions - Page 2, continued

Answer these questions honestly based on your situation. The circled question is very important: be sure only to answer "Yes" to this if you are a U.S. Citizen that is currently or is going to be out of the country.

IRS Extension

Step 1.4: 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 1.5: IRS Tax Extension - Page 4

Click Continue Filing

IRS Extension

Step 1.6: 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 1.7: 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 2021 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, 2022, 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 2021 Tax Returns - IRS and states - by October 15, 2022.

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 Taxes Online: IRS or Federal | State(s)

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