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What is Form 4868?

IRS Tax Form 4868 is the Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return.

Avoid the Late-Filing Penalty Fee

The most common penalties are filing late or paying taxes late. If the clock runs out, you can get an automatic six month extension of time to file to October 15.

How to File Form 4868

Ready to file a business or personal income tax extension but not sure how to do it? Do not worry. You do not need an accountant or a pile of paperwork.

Worried About Filing Your Taxes Ontime? Efile Form 4868

Are you struggling to get your taxes done by the deadline? You can electronically file a tax extension (Form 4868) and problem solved

Advantages of IRS eFile

If you file Form 4868 the old fashioned way (through the mail), you will never hear anything back from the IRS confirming your tax deadline has been extended from April 15 to October 15. If you eFile through a service like FileLater, you will get an email conforming that your extension application has been accepted.

What You Need to eFile Form 4868

In order to eFile Form 4868, you will need the following information:

  • Taxpayer Address
  • Taxpayer Social Security Number
  • OPTIONAL: Spouses Social Security Number (If you are filing jointly)
  • Estimate of Taxes Owed
  • How to eFile Form 4868

  • Find an IRS efile provider
  • Provide the required taxpayer info
  • Estimate your taxes owed
  • What to look for when you eFile through a website

    Make sure the website you use to eFile Form 4868 has the following credentials:

  • An authorized eFile provider logo that looks like the one to the right.
  • Better Business Bureau accreditation. Search for a business on the BBB website.
  • A recently updated Privacy Policy and License Agreement that is clearly accessible on the website.
  • A phone number you can call in case you want to speak with a real live person.
  • Form 4868 Quick Facts

  • The official name of the form is Form 4868: Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File U.S. Income Tax Return.
  • What Form 4868 does is automatically grant individuals a 6-month extension for filing their federal individual tax return. So, if you are not able to file your tax return by the due date (which for most Americans is April 15), filing Form 4868 gives you an extra six months to file your taxes.
  • In addition to individuals, Form 4868 can also be used by 1099 contractors, single member LLCs and Schedule C Sole Proprietors.
  • Although Form 4868 gives you an extra 6 months to file your paperwork, it does not extend the time for payment of taxes owed.
  • Form 4868 can be sent electronically to the IRS through an approved eFile provider. One such Form 4868 eFile provider is FileLater.
  • Form 4868 FAQs

    IRS Tax Form 4868 is the Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return.