Can I get a tax extension from IRS?
Yes, you can get an extension of time from the IRS to file
your tax return.
You can get an automatic
six-month tax extension for filing Form 1040, Form 1040A or
Form 1040EZ by filing Form
Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File U.S.
Individual Income Tax Return on
or before April 15th. By filing the
extension tax form, you avoid the late filing tax penalty.
However, Form 4868 does not extend the time to pay your tax.
You must pay the amount of the tax estimated to be due for
the tax year. Interest will be charged on unpaid tax from
the original due date of the tax return.
You should send your extension tax form to the IRS Service
Center where you file your tax return.
You can also request to pay any IRS tax due in Installment
No late-payment tax penalties will be imposed if the total
tax paid (through tax withholding, estimated tax payments,
or the amount accompanying Form 4868) equals at least 90% of
the total tax due and the remaining unpaid balance of tax is
paid with the tax return before the end of the tax extension
If you are unable to pay the tax due and doing so would
result in a severe hardship you can apply for a special tax
payment extension on Form
I'll be overseas on April 15th
Special IRS tax rules apply to U.S. citizens and residents
who are not in the United States on April 15th. For more
information, refer to IRS Publication
Guide for U.S. Citizens and Resident Aliens Abroad.
You are allowed an automatic 2-month tax extension (until
June 15th, if you use a calendar tax year) to file your tax
return and pay any tax that is due if you are a U.S. Citizen
or resident and on the regular due date (April 15th, if you
use a calendar tax year):
You are living outside of the United States and
Puerto Rico, and your main place of business or post
of duty is outside the United States and Puerto
You are in the military or naval service on duty
outside the United States and Puerto Rico.
In such instances, you will have an additional two months to
file your tax return and pay any tax that is due, but
interest will be charged from the original due date of the
tax return on any unpaid tax. You must attach a statement to
your tax return, showing that you met the requirements.
Vacationing is a temporary status that does not meet the
criteria for the automatic 2-month tax extension.
An extension of time to file your tax return is not valid if
it does not show an accurate estimate of your tax liability
- based upon all the facts and information that you have at
the time that you filed the tax extension. If your estimate
of tax is later found by the IRS to be "improper" your tax
extension will be revoked and you'll be subject to tax
penalties for failure to file your tax return.