Don’t be stressed out about filing a tax extension as it isn’t a hard process at all. However, you do need to follow the required steps for it to be valid. Here are some options for you to consider. All of them offer the same outcome, so it comes down to a personal choice.
There is a form you can print online called Form 4868. It will only take a few minutes to complete it. The form comes with complete instructions. Make sure the form is completely filled out and that you have attached all of the required documentation for your circumstances with the form. The mailing address will depend on your state location, and all of those details are on the instructions.
The problem with sending the form in by mail for a tax extension is that you don’t know if it got there for sure. That is unless you sent in a payment and they cash that payment. To ensure that they do get your form or if you are really running out of time to file the extension, consider completing the process electronically online. This process takes about 15 minutes and it is free. This is offered through the IRS and once you create an account, you will complete the same type of form you would by mail.
Various Software Programs
Perhaps you have used a certain software program in the past to help you with completing your tax return. Some of the common ones are H&R Block online, TurboTax, and InTuit. All of them have the form you need for filing a tax extension. Some of these programs offer the resource for fee and others you will need to pay for. That information could influence your decision to use a given software program or not.
The deadline for filing your tax return without penalty is April 15th. If you aren’t going to be able to get it done, then file a tax extension in one of the above mentioned ways. Doing so will help you to avoid problems and penalties by the IRS. The maximum extension timeframe is 6 months.