It’s very easy to get an extension of time to file your federal income tax return. IRS Form 4868 is simple and easy to fill out and mail to the IRS. Even easier is if you file your taxes electronically and you can file for the extension online, too. Here’s how to get an extra six months to complete your taxes.
File a Paper Version of IRS Form 4868
You can go to the IRS website and download a PDF version of IRS Form 4868. It’s available here for printing and mailing in to the IRS. The form is so short you might miss it while scrolling down through the four pages of instructions. It’s at the bottom of page one and it’s about as big as a payment voucher, not much bigger than a check. All you do is identify yourself and estimate how much you think you’ll owe. You have to provide that estimate because if you owe taxes you still have to pay on time.
IRS Form 4868 is due by April 15, which is when taxes would have been due if you weren’t applying for an IRS extension. That means some payment is due also, if you will end up owing the IRS rather than being owed an IRS refund. Remember: IRS Form 4868 is an extension of time to file, not an extension of time to pay!
File IRS Form 4868 Online
Filing IRS form 4868 is a little misleading. You need to start registering with an electronic tax-preparation company to file for the IRS extension online. It’s simple: just choose from the IRS-approved providers like TaxAct, TurboTax and more. Here’s a link to the IRS website page where you can find an approved e-file provider for individuals. Register and provide your basic personal info and just save, file Form 4868 and hit save for later and then go back and finish later when you’re ready.