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Find out what you need to do to file a tax extension, including when your taxes will be due and whether there are penalties for filing late.
You started the year determined to get your tax return completed way before the deadline. Then life happened and filing your taxes almost became an afterthought. Whatever the reason: If you want an extension to file your income taxes, the IRS will give you one, no questions asked. The beauty of the tax extension is that it gives you more time to file your taxes, but don't be late filing the extension itself.
You MUST file for an automatic extension, Form 4868, by May 17, 2021, in order to have your deadline pushed back to October 15, 2021.
A tax extension is a way for taxpayers to get more time to file their taxes, up to six months.
Remember, an extension doesn’t delay payment if you owe money. If you don’t pay your taxes by the tax deadline on May 17, 2021, you can get hit with penalties and interest. Delays get expensive — interest is compounded daily and penalties are calculated monthly on any remaining balance until you pay your taxes in full or reach the maximum penalty.
The penalty for filing late is:
Yes. Filing a tax extension keeps you in good standing with the IRS on the forms side, but a tax extension doesn’t grant you more time to pay what taxes you owe beyond the tax due date. However, don’t let your inability to pay prevent you from filing on time; avoiding filing your return because you can’t make a tax payment will only make matters worse. Requesting an IRS Installment Agreement is generally a much better choice.
If you will be unable to complete your tax return by May 17, 2021, yes, you need to file an extension. There are some people, however, who might not need to worry about filing an extension at all. If you are one of these groups, you do not necessarily need to file an extension:
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