[PDF] File an extension
An extension is a request for additional time to file your tax return. The IRS will automatically grant you an additional six months to file, essentially extending your tax return due date from April 15th to October 15th for individual returns, March 15th to September 15th for separately reported business returns. It is very important to understand, though, that an extension to file is not an extension to pay. You are expected to estimate any tax that is due and pay it by April 15th. Don’t be afraid of an extension; it’s better to file a correct return by the extension date than to rush to file by the filing date and then have to amend the return because something was missed.
Not everyone qualifies for an extension: if you were approved for an offer in compromise, you must file by April 15th or risk having the IRS revoke your offer in compromise.
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