IR-2007-82, April 10, 2007
WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service urges taxpayers who need additional time to complete their tax return to submit their request for an automatic extension electronically by April 17. E-filing an extension is convenient, safe and secure, and taxpayers receive confirmation to keep with their records.
The extension gives taxpayers until October 15 to file the tax return. An extension 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.
IRS expects to receive 9.9 million extensions during 2007 compared with 9.5 million extensions in 2006. Of the extensions filed last year, 1.8 million were filed electronically.
Taxpayers can get an automatic six-month extension of time to file their tax returns by filing Form 4868, Automatic Extension of Time to File. Before last year, only a four-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.