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Filing your IRS tax extension has never been easier. Our exclusive extension wizard will guide you through the steps in less than four minutes and we'll e-file your extension with the IRS today. You'll receive updates on the status of your extension by e-mail or you can inquire online at this site. There's never been a faster or easier way to file your income tax extension.
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Tax Extensions FAQ
- Who should file an extension?
A. You should file an extension if you need additional time to prepare your federal income tax return. Filing an extension avoids IRS's 5%-per-month late filing penalty and is good for four months (until August 15th).
- When are extensions due?
A. Short answer: Midnight on April 15. For more information, see the heading All about due dates below.
- Must I have a valid reason to file an extension?
A. No. The IRS will grant all taxpayers an extension if requested or before April 15th. No explanation is necessary.
- How and when will I know that my extension has been received by Ivdgl?
A. When you finish entering your extension information, you will be presented with a page which confirms that we have received your extension. From here, you can print a copy of your extension form.
In addition, we will send you an e-mail when IRS acknowledges your extension. This e-mail will arrive in 24-48 hours of your submission.
- How often do you transmit to the IRS?
A. We plan to transmit at the following times (all times are MST so East Coast users should add three hours to these times:
|Jan 15 - April14
||Transmit at 8:45 pm MST
||Transmit every hour
||Transmit at 8:45 pm MST
Transmission times may be adjusted based on volume. Check this page for transmission time adjustments.
- How and when will I know my extension has been accepted or rejected by the IRS?
A. Once we receive your extension, we e-file it with the IRS. IRS usually takes 24-48 hours to accept or reject your extension. In either case, we will notify you by e-mail. If your extension is accepted, we will provide you with your DCN which is the tracking # IRS provides to substantiate your extension e-file.
If your extension is rejected, we will provide you with the reason for the rejection and instructions on resubmitting. Rejections almost always occur because the name and Social Security Number on your extension do not match your most recent Social Security Card.
- Does an extension give me additional time to pay my taxes?
A. No. You should estimate your tax liability as best you can and pay any balance owed with your extension to avoid future penalties and interest. The IRS penalty rate is about 0.5% per month and the interest rate is presently 9% per year. Combined, penalties and interest are about the same as a medium interest-rate credit-card or about 15% per year. File your extension to avoid the 5%-per-month failure-to-file penalty and pay any balance owed as soon as you can (see below for more details on methods of paying the IRS under the heading Paying any tax owed to the IRS).
- Must I file a state tax extension as well?
A. Generally, if you do not owe state income tax, no extension is required. If you do owe state income tax, then an extension form must be filed with your state. Some states accept copies of the federal extension form. Other states require you to complete a separate extension form.