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Looking for optional time even after 6 month extension?

In general, almost all the tax payers are permitted to avail a 6 month tax extension by filing Form 4868 for U.S individual income tax, except when you are bounded by the U.S instruction policy. The policy states that you can avail 6-month extension unless you want IRS to figure out your tax or you are under a court order to file your tax by the regular due date. Continue reading

Delight in extension without filing any form!!

It is well-known that filing Form 4868 lets you to have spare time for filing your extension tax returns. But many of us are unaware of automatic 2-month extension of time to file and pay our income tax returns.

You are eligible to have an automatic extension of time if,

  • You are an U.S citizen or resident, but from outland.
  • At present, you are living outside of U.S or Puerto Rico and your place of business or duty is outside of U.S and Puerto Rico(even if you are physically present in the United States or Puerto Rico on the regular due date of the return)
  • You are in military or naval service on duty, outside the United States and Puerto Rico (or)
  • If you are serving in a combat zone or any dangerous duty area, you can know your extension deadlines at  IRS Armed Forces Tax Guide

If your situation applies to any of the guidelines above, then you are fit to benefit the choice of automatic 2-month extension of time to file your return and pay any federal income tax that is due. For example, if the regular due date for your return falls on April 15, your automatic extended due date would end by June 15.

How to use this extension?

To use this automatic 2-month extension, you have to enclose a statement on your returning, briefing about your situation (One of the above) that hinders you from filing your tax return.

Want more time to file your return even after automatic 2-months extension?

If you couldn’t file your tax returns within the automatic 2-months period, you will get additional 4 months to file your return (totally 6 months like default). You can wait without requesting for additional 4 months, till IRS issues the new due date, which is allowed by automatic 2-month extension. To benefit the additional 4 month extension file Form 4868 as usual. A noteworthy info here is, you will not get additional time to pay (unlike automatic extension), other than time to file.

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