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We ask for the information on this form to carry out the Internal Revenue laws of the United States. We use this information to determine if you qualify for an extension of time to file information returns. You aren't required to request an extension of time to file; however, if you request an extension, sections 6081 and 6109 and their regulations require you to provide this information, including your identification number. Failure to provide this information may delay or prevent processing your request; providing false or fraudulent information may subject you to penalties. Routine uses of this information include giving it to the Department of Justice for civil and criminal litigation, and to cities, states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. commonwealths and possessions 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.
You aren't 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 Code section 6103.
The time needed to complete and file this form will vary depending on individual circumstances. The estimated average time is:
|Recordkeeping||3 hr., 6 min.|
|Learning about the law or the form||6 min.|
|Preparing and sending the form to the IRS||9 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 send us comments from www.irs.gov/formspubs. Click on “More Information” and then on “Give us feedback.” You can write to the Internal Revenue Service, Tax Forms and Publications, 1111 Constitution Ave. NW, IR-6526, Washington, DC 20224. Don't send the form to this address. Instead, see Where To File on page 1.
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