The IRS will give you an extra six months to file if you’ve been granted an extension.
However, you’ll still need to make tax payments.
How long is a tax extension?
The deadline to submit your tax returns to the IRS was April 18. It isn’t too late to take advantage of their filing extension. Read more about it here.
Filing for an extension will give you an extra six months to file. That would give you until October 17. This may extend your filing date, but payments are still due at the original date.
The IRS is under lots of pressure and is incredibly backlogged. Because of this, they ask that you use the Free File tool to request an automatic tax-filing extension electronically.
You can also trigger an automatic extension by paying all or part of your estimated income tax online and select the option to use payment for an extension. Direct Pay, EFTPS, credit, or debit card are all acceptable payment. You will not need to file for an extension separately as you will receive a confirmation number. Be sure to save it for your records.
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