Can’t File By April 15? Use Free File to Get a Six-Month Extension
The IRS has written a good bulletin with several resources for US tax help as the April 15 deadline approaches. As a reminder, all tax payments are due on April 15, but you can file for an extension until June 17 using Free File in order the finish your tax return itself. There are also payment agreement options if you can’t pay the full amount due on time.
U.S. citizens and resident aliens who live and work abroad, as well as members of the military on duty outside the U.S., have until June 17 to file automatically. Tax payments are still due April 15 however.
Here is a partial text of the IRS bulletin with a link to the full resources:
WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today reminded taxpayers that quick and easy solutions are available if they can’t file their returns or pay their taxes on time, and they can even request relief online.
The IRS says don’t panic. Tax-filing extensions are available to taxpayers who need more time to finish their returns. Remember, this is an extension of time to file; not an extension of time to pay. However, taxpayers who are having trouble paying what they owe may qualify for payment plans and other relief.
Either way, taxpayers will avoid stiff penalties if they file either a regular income tax return or a request for a tax-filing extension by this year’s April 15 deadline. Taxpayers should file, even if they can’t pay the full amount due. Here are further details on the options available.