Personal Tax Extension Form 4868

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IRS Form 4868

"Application for Automatic Extension of Time To File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return", is used to apply for an additional 6 months to file Form 1040, 1040A, 1040-EZ, 1040NR, 1040NR-EZ, 1040-PR or 1040-SS.

You do not need to explain why you are asking for the extension, but you are required to properly estimate your 2015 tax liability and file Form 4868 by the due date of your return.

Note: You are still required to pay any tax due by the due date; the Form 4868 extension does not extend the time to pay.

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Form 4868 Due Date

Personal Tax Extensions due on April 18, 2016. This will extend the filing deadline to October 17, 2016.

Information required to File Form 4868

Gather the personal data the IRS requires for you to file a tax extension Form 4868: your name, address, social security number. If you're married and filing jointly, you'll need the same information for your spouse. Make sure the information you have matches what the IRS has on record. You can verify your information with them by calling 1-800-829-1040

E-Filing Personal Tax Extension

Create your ExpressExtension account and click Create Personal Tax Extension on your account Dashboard. You'll need to estimate the total income tax payment for the filing year--if you owe money that is. This is generally a ballpark figure. Some customers simply assume a similar tax situation to the last year, but with the recent economic turbulence, that might not apply. Try to give as accurate an estimation as possible.

Once you've got your information and estimation in hand, simply follow the directions, fill out the Form 4868 online, and we'll do the rest. Make sure to type carefully and accurately--no sense in getting rejected over a typo!

What we'll do when you E-File Form 4868?

First we'll check over your Form 4868, make sure it's clear of basic errors. After that, we'll submit your tax extension electronically to the IRS. We're an authorized IRS e-file provider and our site operates on a secure network, so your information is safe.

Depending on volume, you could hear back from the IRS in less than an hour. We'll keep you updated with any new information from the IRS via email. If your Form 4868 get rejected (not many do), we'll tell you why, and we'll help you sort out the problem. Then you can come back and resubmit, free. Don't let that worry you though, most requests come back approved. It's really that easy!

Late Filing Penalty

This penalty is generally 5% of the unpaid taxes for each month or part of month it is late, up to 25% of your unpaid tax. If the return is more than 60 days lates, the minimum penalty is $135 or 100% of the unpaid tax, whichever is smaller.


This penalty is generally more than the failure-to-pay penalty, so if you need more time to file, you can file your Tax Extention within minutes, using ExpressExtension, to avoid this penalty. To E-File form 4868 click "start now" button.

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