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Easily file an IRS tax extension for free.

File by midnight on April 15, 2024.

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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.

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How to File a Tax Extension:

  1. Within your TaxAct return, click File Tax Extension from the left-side menu.

  2. Continue with the interview process to enter information.

  3. 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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More tax extension information.

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Business (1065, 1120, 1120S, 990) and Estates & Trusts (1041)

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.

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Military stationed outside U.S.

Those serving in a combat zone or outside of the U.S. can postpone filing tax returns.

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Live outside U.S. or Puerto Rico

Those who work outside the U.S. and Puerto Rico already have an automatic two-month filing extension.

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