Extension to file individual income tax return.
by Roger Chartier
The IRS form 4868 is an "Application For Automatic Extension of Time To File U.S. Individual Tax Return."
There are currently 3 ways to request the extension.
- File Form 4868 online from your computer
- Pay all or part of what you think you owe using a credit card or Electronic Federal Tax Payment System. (
See the IRS for details)
- Print out and fill out then file this paper IRS Form 4868 and you can file it in Spanish (en Espanol) at IRS Form f4868sp
2012 Tax -File by April 15, 2013
To file taxes for the year 2013, you have to file on or before April 15, 2014.
These dates change when the tax due date changes each year.
It usually is April 15 but sometimes is changed because weekend days land on April 15.
There are penalties of up to 25% of tax due if you file after the due date including the extensions.
Two month tax filing extension
Usually the extensions are for 2 months - to June 15, 2014 for 2013 taxes.
The limit is 6 months, so for 2013 tax filing in 2014, it lands on October 15, 2014.
There might be an exception if you live out of the country.
Check with the IRS
Before you make any decisions be thorough and read all instructions on all forms and check with the Internal Revenue Service with any questions.