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IRS: Filing an extension for your tax return

Tax season is coming to a close, and some people may be realizing they need to file for an extension with the IRS for their tax return.

tax return paperwork for filing with the IRS

Getting an extension can help you to avoid penalties.

There are steps to take in order to get the extension.


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When are taxes due to the IRS this year?

The deadline is usually April 15, but it’s different this year.

Due to Emancipation day being on April 15 this year, it pushes the date out to April 18.

All public offices in Washington D.C. will be closed in honor of the holiday on April 15.

Maine and Massachusetts have until the next day, April 19.

This is because April 18 is Patriot’s Day in those states.


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How to ask the IRS for an extension

You have until April 18 to request an extension.

The extension is for filing your return before Oct. 18, but you still need to pay your taxes if you owe.

Single filers can use Free File to ask for an automatic extension.

You may also pay your estimated income tax that’s due to show you need an extension.


This works with Direct Pay, the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS), or a credit or debit card.

Finally, you have the option to file the paper form 4969 with your estimated payment enclosed.

You do not need to provide a reason for requesting an extension.

If your request is denied the IRS will let you know.

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