How to File a Federal Tax Extension by your Filing status

*March 20, 2020 update from the  U.S National Treasury:


In response to the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis, the deadlines to FILE and PAY federal income taxes are extended to July 15, 2020.  This relief applies to all individual returns, trusts, and corporations. This relief is automatic, taxpayers do not need to file any additional forms or call the IRS to qualify. This relief also includes estimated tax payments for tax year 2020 that are due on April 15, 2020. Penalties and interest will begin to accrue on any remaining unpaid balances as of July 16, 2020. You will automatically avoid interest and penalties on the taxes paid by July 15. Individual taxpayers who need additional time to file beyond the July 15 deadline can still request a filing extension for time.






Running late to file your Federal taxes? We’ve got you covered. Here’s everything you need to know about filing for a tax extension for your Federal taxes.

Traditionally, Federal tax returns are due on April 15 or the first business day after. However, life doesn’t always go according to plan. That’s why the IRS grants you an automatic six month extension to file your taxes each year.How do you know if filing an extension for your federal taxes is right for you? Here are a few common reasons why you may need to push your deadline back:


  • More time needed to track down missing tax documents
  • Unexpected life event
  • Life’s been too busy


Individuals Filing an Extension:


For sole proprietors filing for a tax extension, this process is pretty simple. You’ll need about 30 minutes and a form called the IRS Form 4868. Fill it out. When you’re done, choose the best method to go about filing. We’ve listed the 3 available options with additional details below. Before you file your extension for time, know that filing an extension to your taxes (the paperwork) is not an extension to pay your taxes (the money you owe the IRS). Even if you do receive an extension, you’re still required to pay your estimated taxes by the original due date. If you don’t pay on time, you’ll face a late payment penalty.


IRS Form 4868



Make a payment

You can get an extension by paying all or part of your estimated income tax due, just indicate that your payment is for an extension. You can us Direct Pay, Electronic Federal Tax Payment System or a credit or debit card. Once you’re done, you’ll receive a confirmation code. Also, make sure you file your extension by Oct. 15.

E-file your extension form for free

Wallets in the car? No problem. Tax filers can use Free File to electronically request an automatic tax-filing extension.

Print and mail your completed IRS extension form

If you’re old-fashioned and you’d rather mail your extension directly to the IRS, that works too. Complete and print out the IRS Form 4868 and send it to the IRS address for your state. Once your extension is approved, you’ll have until October 15, 2020 to file your return. If you’re expecting a refund, it will not be processed until once you have completed your tax filing. If you think you owe, the estimated amount of taxes due will need to be paid to the IRS by July 15, 2020.


For Businesses Filing an Extension For Federal Taxes

For all corporations and partnerships, the process looks pretty much the same, however,  you’ll need a different form (IRS Form 4868) to file an extension.


IRS Form 7004




And there you have it! Pretty simple, right?