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Extensions

Question: I am filing my 2014 U.S. tax return from the U.K. and am eligible for the automatic 2-month extension. Does the IRS need to receive my return by June 15, 2015, or can the return just be postmarked by June 15, 2015?

Answer:

U.S. citizens and resident aliens who file calendar year returns are required to file a tax return by April 15. However, if you are overseas on the due date, you receive an automatic extension of two months (generally until June 15 for calendar year filers) upon request using Form 4868 (.pdf), Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return. Your return must be postmarked by June 15, 2015.

A tax return properly mailed from a foreign country or sent via a designated delivery service that is officially postmarked or dated in the foreign country or by the delivery service on or before the due date is considered to have been filed timely upon receipt by the IRS. If the last date for filing falls on a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday, you must file your return by the next day which is not a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday. Keep your proof of international postage. You may want to consider using a designated delivery service to ensure the delivery of your international correspondence.

Additional Information:


Category: IRS Procedures
Subcategory: Extensions

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