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IRS: Filing for a tax extension with Form 4868

Millions of Americans are filing their taxes right now, and it’s possible to get an extension if you need it from the IRS.

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The deadline to file your taxes is April 18, 2022.

This is the same deadline for requesting an extension.

The extension is 6 months.

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Tax extension explained

A tax extension will give you more time to file your taxes with the IRS.

You still are required to pay what you owe by April 18.

This means you’ll need to still pay your 2021 tax payment regardless, it does not buy you more time to pay.


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How to request the extension from the IRS

You can choose to request the extension online or through the mail.

Requesting an extension needs to be done by April 18 in order to not receive a penalty.

You can do so online with Form 4868.


Once it’s filed the IRS will let you know it was submitted.

If you want to send it by mail, you can fill out Form 4868 on paper and mail it in.

The deadline for extended tax returns is Oct. 17, 2022.

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