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Tax Deadline 2017: How to File an IRS Extension

You need Form 4868

   

With the tax deadline ending today, are you looking to file an IRS extension?

Tax Deadline
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If you simply do not have enough time to file your taxes with the Internal Revenue Service April 18, there are three things you can do, and they all involve Form 4868:

  • You can pay all or part of your taxes and indicate that you request an extension through “Direct Pay, the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System, or using a credit or debit card.”
  • You can file Form 4868 through IRS e-file, or through a tax preparation professional who uses IRS e-file.
  • You can print Form 4868, complete it and ship it to the agency with an estimate of your tax due.

IRS e-file allows you to fill out Form 4868 and send it digitally, with everything done online and you’ll receive a receipt noting that you completed it.

If you pay electronically through an e-payment option, you don’t need to file the form; online payments can be made through your bank account’s direct transfer through Direct Pay, Direct Pay, the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System, or by debit or credit card.

“You can also pay by phone using the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System or by debit or credit card. For more information, go to www.irs.gov/payments,” the IRS notes.

You will then receive a confirmation number.

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