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IRS Urges Taxpayers to e-file Extension Requests

IR-2006-60, April 12, 2006

Washington — The IRS urges taxpayers who need more time to complete their tax returns to e-file their extensions. E-filing an extension is convenient, safe and secure, and taxpayers receive confirmation to keep with their records.

"If you haven't finished your return, don't panic," said IRS Commissioner Mark W. Everson. "Just file an extension, either by e-file or by mail."

The agency expects to receive 9.6 million extensions during 2006. Taxpayers can get an automatic 6-month extension of time to file their tax returns by filing Form 4868, Automatic Extension of Time to File.

The extension gives taxpayers until October 16 to file the tax return. In previous years, only a 4-month extension was automatic and taxpayers who needed more time had to make a second request.

Taxpayers can e-file the extension from a home computer or through a tax professional who uses e-file. Taxpayers can e-file their extensions at no cost. Several companies offer free e-filing of extensions through the Free File Alliance; these companies are listed on IRS.gov.

Last year, 9.4 million extensions were filed with the IRS. Overall, e-filed extensions made up 19 percent of all extensions filed during 2005. Last year, 1.8 million extensions were e-filed, up from 1.4 million in 2004 – an increase of 29 percent.

An extension of time to file does not give the taxpayer an extension of time to pay. Those who owe taxes can make a payment when they file the extension either by mailing a check or by several electronic payment methods such as electronic funds withdrawals from bank accounts and credit card payments.

Related Link: Free e-file for extension filers

Filing Season Statistics

04/08/2005

04/07/2006

Percent Change

Total Receipts

88,049,000

87,732,000

-0.4

Total Processed

82,734,000

82,747,000

  0.0

 

 

 

 

E-filing Receipts

 

 

 

TOTAL

55,782,000

57,740,000

3.5

Tax Professionals

39,372,000

41,939,000

  6.5

Self-prepared

13,551,000

15,801,000

16.6

Telefile

2,859,000

NA

NA

 

 

 

 

Web Usage

 

 

 

Visits to IRS.gov

96,074,733

103,132,922

7.3

 

 

 

 

Total Refunds

 

 

 

Number

72,278,000

71,835,000

-0.6

Amount

$158,222 billion

$164.499 billion

4.0

Average

$2,189

$2,290

4.6

 

 

 

 

Direct Deposit Refunds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number

44,275,000

46,917,000

6.0

Amount

$113.790 billion

124.366 billion

9.3

Average

$2,570

$2,651

3.1

 

 

 

 

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