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How Do I File a Tax Extension?

Written by Eva Rosenberg on April 15, 2014 in Tax  |   No comments

If the tax deadline snuck up on you and your tax return is nowhere near ready to be submitted, don’t worry—you do have options. If you file for an automatic extension by April 15, you can give yourself an additional six months to file your…

how to file a tax extension

If the tax deadline snuck up on you and your tax return is nowhere near ready to be submitted, don’t worry—you do have options. If you file for an automatic extension by April 15, you can give yourself an additional six months to file your paperwork and avoid penalties for late payments.

How do I file a tax extension?

Use Form 4868 to request additional time to file your 2013 tax return beyond April 15. You can file the form electronically or by mail. While a tax extension does give you more time to file, it will not give you additional time to pay what you owe.

This extension is granted automatically, so you will not receive anything in the mail confirming it.

When you file an income tax extension for your personal tax return, you get six more months to file, which means you will have until October 15 for your 2013 taxes. If you are living outside the U.S. and Puerto Rico, you can file for an automatic two-month extension if, on the due date of your return, one of the following is true:

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