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Extension of Time to File (ASL) - YouTube video text script

Hi, I’m Thomas, and I work for the IRS.

Do you need more time to file your tax return?

Don’t worry; getting an extension of time to file is easy.  

You can get an automatic extension of six months by filing Form 4868. You’ll find it at

You can even file the form online for free.  Go to

But remember, this is an extension of time to file, not an extension of time to pay.

You still need to pay any tax you expect to owe by the April due date.

Try using IRS Direct Pay or one of our other electronic payment options you’ll find at  

If you pay electronically first and mark it as an extension payment, then you don’t need to file a separate Form 4868.

If you can’t pay all that you owe, pay what you can and file anyway.

That way you’ll minimize any penalty and interest charges.

Then, look at your payment options, such as applying online for a monthly installment agreement.

Special rules mean that some taxpayers don’t even need to ask for an extension.

This includes taxpayers abroad, certain members of the military and taxpayers affected by certain natural disasters.

Again, getting more time to file is easy.  You can do it online.

But pay what you owe, or as much as you can, by the April due date.

And whatever you do, make sure you file your return by the extension due date.

For more information, go to:  (Note: the URLs will be listed on a full graphic slate continued with voice over and no captions will be inserted onto the next screen after the talent stops signing after “For more information, go to:” as follows)

• /freefile
• or
• 4868