Easily file an IRS tax extension for free.
File by midnight on April 15, 2024.
Important reminder — an extension to file is not an extension to pay
When you e-file IRS Form 4868 and receive confirmation, you’ll have until October 15, 2024 to finish and file your 2023 tax return. If you need a state tax extension, TaxAct will guide you through those steps as well.
How to File a Tax Extension:
Within your TaxAct return, click File Tax Extension from the left-side menu.
Continue with the interview process to enter information.
On the screen titled “Filing Tax Extension Step - Extension Options,” you can either print or e-file your federal extension. State extensions can be printed later in the process.
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Business returns due March 15, 2024 can extend their filing deadline until Sept. 15, 2024. While other returns normally due April 15, 2024 can extend filing until Oct. 15, 2024.Learn More
Tax Extension Filing FAQs
April 15, 2024: Deadline to file tax year 2023 federal tax returns or extensions. Learn More about the Tax Filing Deadline
September 15, 2024: Extension deadline for partnerships, multiple-member LLCs, and C corporations.
October 15, 2024: Extension deadline for sole proprietors and single-member LLCs.
October 15, 2024: If you file an extension, deadline to file tax year 2023 federal return and pay any tax, interest and penalties due. Learn More about finishing your return
If you need more time to file your individual federal income tax return, you can request an automatic tax extension from the IRS using Form 4868. The filing deadline to request a tax extension is the same as filing your return, April 15, 2024.
A tax extension will give you an additional six months to file your taxes; this year’s tax extension due date is Oct. 15, 2024.
No, a tax extension only gives you more time to file your return; it doesn’t give you extra time to pay any taxes you owe. You must pay your tax bill by the Tax Day deadline to avoid late payment penalties.
When you request a tax extension with Form 4868, you can estimate and pay your total tax liability for the tax year. To help estimate your potential tax liability, try to complete your return as much as possible, estimating wherever necessary.
Filing for an tax extension is an excellent option for many taxpayers who feel stressed about tax season or have other commitments on their plate and just need more time.
Requesting a tax extension from the IRS is also an easy process, and you don’t need to give a compelling reason why you need more time to file. So long as you submit your tax extension request form on time and correctly, approval is typically automatic, and you’re granted an extension.
The downside of filing a tax extension is that it only gives you more time to file, not more time to pay. As discussed in the last section, you’ll still need to estimate and pay any taxes you might owe by the tax filing deadline (April 15 this year).
Another trap many tax extension filers fall into is waiting too long to file. Though an extension gives you an extra six months to complete your income tax return, it’s always best to file it as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more likely you will forget what happened during the previous tax year.
The IRS doesn’t require a reason for requesting a tax extension and usually grants them without issue.
Some common reasons for filing a tax extension request are:
You don’t have all your tax forms and financial info yet
You have an emergency that prevents you from completing your return
You need more time to make contributions or change a retirement plan
You want to make elections on your return, but you won’t know which elections are best until later in the year
No matter your reason, if you need more time, just ask for it!
Since filing for a tax extension only gives you more time to file but not more time to pay your taxes, you shouldn’t file an extension if you cannot pay your tax bill.
If you owe money you can’t pay, a tax extension won’t be helpful. Instead, the IRS provides payment options and will work with you to establish a tax payment plan agreement to break up your tax bill into smaller payments over time.
If you have no tax due this year and you’re owed a refund instead, you have up to three years to file a return and claim your refund money. There is no penalty for filing a tax return late when you have no balance due, but if you’re owed a refund, make sure you file so you don’t miss out on that extra cash.
We said it before, but we’ll say it again — tax filing doesn’t get any easier as time goes on. Wait too long, and you may risk forgetting essential details about the tax year if it’s not fresh in your mind. This could mean missing out on potential deductions or tax credits.
To request a filing extension on your personal taxes, you will need to use IRS Form 4868. TaxAct® allows you to complete Form 4868 for your federal tax return and file any necessary state extension forms when you e-file. You can also print a paper copy and send it to the IRS via snail mail.
Your tax extension request form requires you to provide simple information about yourself, such as your name, Social Security number, and address. If any of that information has changed since the last time you filed, be sure to notify the appropriate organizations before you apply for your tax extension. For instance, you should notify the Social Security Administration if you changed your name. If you moved recently, you should notify with Form 8822.
To finish Form 4868, you need to estimate how much tax you owe. The form helps you calculate this number by estimating your total tax liability for the year and subtracting any payments you’ve already made. If you choose to file an extension using TaxAct, our tax software helps calculate your estimated tax bill based on the information you enter.
One problem many taxpayers run into is not having all their tax information yet. If you’re still waiting on important tax documents, just try to complete your return as best you can. Rather than leaving something out, try to use estimates for any numbers you don’t have yet.
If you are using TaxAct, click Mark as Estimate for any information you need to double-check before officially filing your return. You can also use our separate Income Tax Calculator to help estimate your amount due.
When in doubt, it’s better to overpay than underpay. If you overestimated your tax bill and paid too much, you will receive a tax refund for the overpayment. However, if you underpay, you could be responsible for paying interest and penalties. The good news is that the penalty for paying late when you’ve requested an extension is significantly less than if you did not receive an extension.
The six-month tax extension period is often more time than most of us need.
Here are a few steps you can follow to help keep your tax return on track:
Fill out your return as much as you can.
Keep track of the tax items you still need by making a checklist.
Keep your tax documents organized.
Finish filing your tax return as soon as you can.
If you live in a state that charges income tax, you’ll need to file a tax extension for your state taxes and your federal taxes. In most cases, a state extension gives you more time to file, not more time to pay.
Some states will grant you an automatic six-month tax extension if you’ve filed for a federal tax extension, but not always. When you file with TaxAct, we make it easy for you. We walk you through completing Form 4868 for your federal return and provide you with any necessary state tax extension forms.
Yes! Sole proprietors and single-member LLCs can use the same Form 4868 for individual returns.
Business owners of partnerships, multi-member LLCs, and corporations also have the option to file a tax extension for their business, though some things work a little differently. For instance, the deadline for partnerships and S corporations to request a tax extension is March 15.
The deadline to file taxes or request a tax extension in 2024 is April 15, 2024.
You must file a tax extension by April 15, 2024. Note that this does not affect the date tax payments are due, just the filing deadline.
If you need more time to complete your 2023 tax return, you have until April 15, 2024, to file an extension. With a tax extension, you have until Oct. 15, 2024, to file your return
No. Extensions for your 2023 taxes must be submitted by the April 15th tax deadline. You then have until Oct. 15 to file your 2023 taxes.
You can electronically request an extension by filing Form 4868 with TaxAct®. We can help you estimate your tax liability and file an extension for your federal tax return.
If needed, we can also help you file any state return extensions.
Filing a tax extension is free. You just need to submit Form 4868 by April 15, 2024.
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