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Extension of Time To File Your Tax Return

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Need more time to prepare your federal tax return? This page provides information on how to apply for an extension of time to file. Please be aware that an extension of time to file your return does not grant you any extension of time to pay your taxes. April 18 is the deadline for most to pay taxes owed and avoid penalty and interest charges.

e-File Your Extension Form

Individual tax filers can e-file their extension form for free using Free File Look for “Free Extensions for Anyone.”

Extension Forms by Filing Status

Individuals

Form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time To File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return 
 

Special rules may apply if you are:

 

You can also get an extension by paying all or part of your estimated income tax due and indicate that the payment is for an extension using Direct Pay, the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS), or a credit or debit card. This way you won’t have to file a separate extension form and you will receive a confirmation number for your records.

Business and Corporations

Form 7004, Application for Automatic Extension of Time To File Certain Business Income Tax, Information, and Other Returns


Form 1138, Extension of Time for Payment of Taxes by a Corporation Expecting a Net Operating Loss Carryback  

Other Forms

Form 2350 Application for Extension of Time to File U.S. Income Tax Return (For U.S. Citizens and Resident Aliens Abroad Who Expect To Qualify for Special Tax Treatment)


Form 4768 Application for Extension of Time to File a Return and/or Pay U.S. Estate (and Generation-Skipping Transfer) Taxes  


Form 5558 Application for Extension of Time to File Certain Employee Plan Returns  


Form 8809 Application for Extension of Time to File Information Returns


Form 8868, Application for Extension of Time To File an Exempt Organization Return.  


Form 8892, Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File Form 709 and/or Payment of Gift/Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax

 

Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 15-Jul-2016

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