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We ask for the information on this form to carry out the Internal Revenue laws of the United States. We need it to ensure that you are complying with these laws and to allow us to figure and collect the right amount of tax. This information is needed to process your application for the requested extension of time to file. You are not required to request an extension of time to file. However, if you do so, Internal Revenue Code sections 6001, 6011(a), 6081, and 6109 require you to provide the information requested on this form, including identification numbers. Failure to provide the information may delay or prevent processing your application; providing any false information may subject you to penalties.
You are not required to provide the information requested on a form that is subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act unless the form displays a valid OMB control number. Books or records relating to a form or its instructions must be retained as long as their contents may become material in the administration of any Internal Revenue law. Generally, tax returns and return information are confidential, as required by section 6103.
However, section 6103 allows or requires the Internal Revenue Service to disclose or give such information to the Department of Justice for civil or criminal litigation, and to cities, states, the District of Columbia, and United States possessions and commonwealths for use in administering their tax laws. We may also disclose this information to other countries under a tax treaty, to Federal and state agencies to enforce Federal nontax criminal laws, or to Federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies to combat terrorism.
The time needed to complete and file this form will vary depending on individual circumstances. The estimated average time is:
|Recordkeeping||3 hr., 21 min.|
|Learning about the law or the form||1 hr., 3 min.|
|Preparing the form||2 hr., 6 min.|
|Copying, assembling, and sending the form to the IRS||16 min.|
If you have comments concerning the accuracy of these time estimates or suggestions for making this form simpler, we would be happy to hear from you. You can write to the Internal Revenue Service, Tax Products Coordinating Committee, 1111 Constitution Ave. NW, IR-6526, Washington, DC 20224. Do not send the tax form to this address. Instead, see Where To File, below.
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