4868 - Application For Automatic Extension Of
Individual Income Tax Return

Form 4868 is due on Monday, April 15, 2019

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IRS Form 4868 - Application for Personal Tax Extension

IRS Form 4868 - Application for Automatic Extension of Time To File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, is used to claim an additional 6 months to file Form 1040 series with IRS. You do not need to explain why you are asking for the extension, but you are required to properly estimate your 2018 tax liability and file Form 4868 by the due date of your return. For most people, that is April 15, 2019.

Note: You are still required to pay any tax due by the due date; the extension does not extend the time to pay.

Form 4868 Tax Extension Information

  • Once you have filed Form 4868, you can file your tax return at any time before the extension expires. If you fail to file your return or pay any tax due by the deadline, you may incur penalties and/or interest.
  • If you owe any tax and fail to pay it by the regular due date, even if you did file an extension, interest will be assessed until you pay the tax. You will owe the interest regardless of the reason for paying late.
  • A late filing penalty, usually 5% of the amount due for each month or part of month the return is late, is charged if your return is filed after the due date. The maximum penalty is 25%. For returns filed 60 days or later, the minimum penalty is $135 or the balance of the tax dues, whichever is smaller. If you can show reasonable cause, you may not have to pay the late filing fee. But you can avoid that altogether if you choose to E-file Form 4868.

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IRS 4868 - Form for individual extension

Form 4868 is a tax extension for individuals reporting their income to the IRS. Filing an individual tax extension will extend your tax deadline to October 15 for the following individuals tax returns:

  • Form 1040 - U.S. Individual Income Tax Return
  • Form 1040A - Annual income tax return filed by citizens and residents of the United States.
  • Form 1040EZ - Income Tax Return for Single and Joint Filers With No Dependent
  • Form 1040NR - U.S. Nonresident Alien Income Tax Return
  • Form 1040NR-EZ - U.S. Income Tax Return for Certain Nonresident Aliens With No Dependents
  • Form 1040-PR - U.S. Income Tax Return for residents of Puerto Rico
  • Form 1040-SS - U.S. Self-Employment Tax Return (Including the Additional Child Tax Credit for Bona Fide Residents of Puerto Rico)

It's important to note that submitting Form 4868 does not extend the time for payment of tax, which is still owed by the original due date of your return.

Personal Tax Extension For?

  • All 1040 Personal Federal Returns
  • Sole Proprietorships
  • Single Member LLCs
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Express Extension

How do I Submit 4868 Form
to the IRS?

You have two options for submitting your 1040 Extension to the IRS:

  • You can paper file Extension Form 4868 by hand and wait for days for your form to reach the IRS by mail and that's if your Form doesn't get lost with your postal carrier. When your form reaches the IRS you won't be notified when it gets approved. Even though this process makes it harder for your information to get hacked, you won't have peace of mind or know the status of your form.
  • Another option is to e-file 4868. By choosing an IRS authorized e-file provider like ExpressExtension, where you can quickly and easily fill out your Extension Form 4868 and then transmit it directly to the IRS. Then you'll receive a notification via email when your extension has been approved.
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Applicable forms for IRS 4868 Extension

  • Form 1040
  • Form 1040A
  • Form 1040EZ
  • Form 1040NR
  • Form 1040NR-EZ
  • 1040-PR(or)1040-SS

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Why ExpressExtension is the Leading E-File Provider

ExpressExtension is a dedicated, IRS authorized e-file provider that takes security, as well as quality service seriously. That's why their site is encrypted and Comodo Hackersafe certified to keep your information safe and secure. That's also why they've taken the time to develop the quickest and most convenient e-filing process possible. By using ExpressExtenion to handle your e-filing needs you'll have your 1040 extension approved in a matter of minutes.

Required Information To E-file Your 1040 Extension Form 4868

All you need to fill out your 1040 Extension form is your full name, address, and social security number. You will need the same information for your spouse if filing jointly.

How To E-file Your 2018 4868 Form With ExpressExtension

  • Step 1: Create your free ExpressExtension account and click 'Create Personal Tax Extension' from the dashboard.
  • Step 2: Enter your basic information such as your name and address. Then select if you're filing individually or jointly.
  • Step 3: Note: If you don't owe any money to the IRS skip to the next step. Step 3 involves calculating your tentative tax, which is an estimation of the amount you owe to the IRS. ExpressExtension can help with this process with their liability tax calculator. Then pay the IRS the amount owed.
  • Step 4: Then a summary of your information will be presented for you to proof read. Click edit to correct any mistakes. After that ExpressExtension will perform an audit check to catch any errors. Click back to edit your form, and next if no corrections need to be made.
  • Step 5: The last step involves paying for your form and transmitting it to the IRS. You'll only be required to make a payment upon transmitting your form. Then your 1040 extension will be quickly approved. You'll be notified of your extension approval via email, and can check your dashboard for live status updates on your form.

It's important to note that submitting Form 4868 does not extend the time for payment of tax, which is still owed by the original due date of your return.

Form 4868 FAQs

  • What is the purpose of Form 4868?

    According to the IRS, you, "Use Form 4868 to apply for 6 more months (if 'out of the country' and a U.S. citizen or resident) to file Form 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ, 1040NR, or 1040NR-EZ."

  • Who should file Form 4868?

    All 1040 Personal Federal Returns, Sole Proprietorships and Single Member LLCs.

  • When is Form 4868 due?

    You need to get it transmitted by midnight on April 15 in your time zone.

  • How long will it take to get approved?

    Just a few minutes. We'll send you an email with the results as soon as we get them from the IRS. If you get rejected, we'll tell you why and help you resolve the issue. Then you can come back here and resubmit.

  • I got approved, when is my extended tax return due?

    For Corporations, multi-member LLCs and partnerships operating on the calendar year for tax purposes are given an extended tax deadline of September 16, 2019. Sole proprietorships and single-member LLCs are given an extended due date of October 15, 2019.

  • If my tax extension Form 4868 is approved, does that mean I won't owe the IRS money in April?

    No. Form 4868 is an IRS supplementary form to apply for an extension of time, not an extension to pay taxes. To extend the time to file taxes, you'll need to file Form 1138, which you can get from the IRS.

  • What are the commonly-cited errors that can lead to rejection of extension?

    Some of the most common errors in e-filing tax extensions come from simple typos or mismatched data. Make sure to take your time and input your information precisely. Sometimes, the IRS has different information for you on file. This can happen for a variety of reasons: you changed your name in the past year, you got married, your name has a hyphen or dash in it. The data on IRS Form 4868 must match what the IRS has, or it won't be accepted.

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