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Whether you're filing taxes for yourself or a business, we'll help you make the April 15 deadline.
You Will Need
- Form 4868
- Form 1040 (or 1040A, EZ, NR or NR-EZ)
- Your earnings statements
- A post office, public library, or tax office
- An application that can view PDF files
- A printer
Understand your extension
First off, let’s get this straight—filing for an extension means you have an extra six months to file your paperwork, not extra time to pay your taxes. Failure to pay the taxes you owe by April 15 will result in interest and penalties.
Get the form
Get a copy of Form 4868—the Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return. You can find it at most post offices, public libraries, and tax offices. Or you can download it from www.irs.gov.
Complete Form 4868
Complete Form 4868 according to its instructions.
Write a check to the Internal Revenue Service for any taxes owed.
Mail the form
Mail Form 4868, along with any payment due, by April 15.
File your return
File your tax return by October 15. There—now was that so hard?