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Seven Things about Getting More Time
to File your Tax Return
Canít make the April 18 tax filing deadline and need more
time to file your tax return? You can get an automatic six month extension
of time to file from the IRS.
Here are seven important things you need to know about filing an
- File on time even if you canít pay If your return
is completed but you are unable to pay the full amount of tax due, do
not request an extension. File your return on time and pay as much as
you can. The IRS will send you a bill or notice for the balance due. To
apply online for a payment agreement, go to the IRS website at http://www.irs.gov
and click ďApply for an Online Payment Agreement (OPA)Ē at the left side
of the home page under Online Services. If you are unable to make
payments, call the IRS at 800-829-1040 to discuss your options.
- Extra time to file An extension will give you extra
time to get your paperwork to the IRS, but it does not extend the time
you have to pay any tax due. You will owe interest on any amount not
paid by the April 18 deadline, plus you may owe penalties.
- Form to file Request an extension to file by
submitting Form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time to
File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, to the IRS by April 18, 2011, or
make an extension-related electronic credit card payment. For more
information about extension-related credit card payments, see Form 4868.
- E-file extension You can e-file an extension
request using tax preparation software with your own computer or by
going to a tax preparer who has the software. The IRS will acknowledge
receipt of the extension request if you file by computer.
- Traditional Free File and Free File Fillable Forms
You can use both Free File options to file an extension. Access the Free
File page at http://www.irs.gov.
- Electronic funds withdrawal If you ask for an
extension via computer, you can also choose to pay any expected balance
due by authorizing an electronic funds withdrawal from a checking or
savings account. You will need the appropriate bank routing and account
numbers. For information about these and other methods of payment,
visit the IRS website at http://www.irs.gov
or call 800-TAX-1040 (800-829-1040).
- How to get forms Form 4868 is available for
download from the IRS website or may be ordered by calling 800-TAX-FORM
(800-829-3676).You can also obtain the form at your local IRS office.
Telephone requests normally take 7 - 15 days to process and ship.
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