IRS 4868 Application for Automatic Extension of Time To File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return

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Personal Tax Extension Form 4868
is due on Tuesday, April 17

IRS 4868 - Form for Personal Tax Extension

A Personal tax extension uses Form 4868, officially called an Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return.

If you don't think you'll be able to hit that dreaded April 17 deadline, you can get an extension easily by e-filing IRS Form 4868.

The IRS will grant you an extra six months to file your returns and the deadline will be on October 15. Remember, this doesn't extend the time for payment if you owe anything to the IRS.

U.S. taxpayers who live and work abroad have an automatic two-month extension to file their tax returns, putting their filing deadline at June 15.

In order to E-file form 4868 i.e., a personal extension, you'll need your name, address, social security number. If you're married and filing jointly, you'll need the same information for your spouse.

IRS 4868
Applicable forms for 4868 Extension

  • Form 1040
  • 1040A
  • 1040EZ
  • 1040NR
  • 1040NR-EZ
  • 1040-PR(or)1040-SS.

Who may file IRS 4868 Form?

Personal Returns can be Filed by the Following:
  • All 1040 Personal Federal Returns
  • Sole Proprietorship
  • Single Member LLC's

What is needed to file IRS 4868 Form ?

All that is needed for filing an IRS Form 4868 is basic information such as filing status, name, address, and social security number. Individuals must also know their estimated taxes owed. In some cases, an individual should consult with their Tax Professional before Filing for Extension.

How to Submit Your IRS 1040 Extension Form 4868 to the IRS:

Paper Filing: You have the option of paper filing, which involves filling out a paper form by hand, then mailing it directly to the IRS. It could take days for your form to reach the IRS via mail, and the IRS won't notify you if your extension gets approved.

E-filing: Or you could e-file your form, quickly and easily with ExpressExtension online. You'll have your form completed in a matter of minutes and will transmit it directly to the IRS. Then your extension will be approved almost instantly. You will be notified of your approval via email.

One such provider is It is very simple and takes just about 10 minutes to complete. Individuals also Receive a confirmation from the IRS once their application is processed.

Filing State Extension

You can also E-File State Tax Extensions with ExpressExtension. Once your Federal Tax Extension has been filed, you can choose “State Extension” from the dashboard.

ExpressExtension currently offers state extensions for Illinois, Florida, Michigan, South Carolina and North Carolina. For all others states, we offer detailed information on how to file your state extension.

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About ExpressExtension

ExpressExtension is a safe and secure IRS authorized e-file provider with outstanding quality service at the best price. By providing a step-by-step guide with detailed instructions on how to fill out IRS Form 4868, you’ll have it correctly completed in no time.

Plus, by providing an audit check ExpressExtension will catch any errors before your form is transmitted to the IRS. Once you transmit your form check your dashboard for live updates on its status. You'll also be notified via email when your extension has been approved.

If you need to make corrections on your form, you can do so at any time and retransmit it to the IRS as many times as necessary for free.

How to E-File a 1040 Extension With ExpressExtension

  • Create your free account with ExpressExtension.
  • Click 'Create Personal Tax Extension" from the dashboard.
  • Enter your personal details such as your full name, address, and SSN.
  • If you owe any taxes enter the following information, otherwise skip ahead to the next step.
    • Total tax liability amount.
    • Total payments made throughout the year.
    • Balance due to the IRS.
    • Amount you will pay to the IRS.
  • Review your information summary for any errors.
  • Pay for your form, and transmit it to the IRS.



IRS Form 4868 does not extend the time for payment of tax. Generally, payment of any balance due according to IRS Form 4868 is required by the due date of the return for which this extension is filed. Individuals, however, are allowed to pay less than the total amount due.

An installment plan can be setup with the IRS, and/ or penalties and interest depending on the exact situation. Please consult with the IRS directly in this type of situation.

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Late Payment Penalty

The late payment penalty is usually ½ of 1% of any tax (other than estimated tax) not paid by April 17, it is charged for each month or part of a month the tax is unpaid. The maximum penalty is 25%.

The late payment penalty will not be charged if you can show reasonable cause for not paying on time. Attach a statement to your return fully explaining the reason. Do not attach the statement to Form 4868. You are considered to have reasonable cause for the period covered by this automatic extension if at least 90% of your actual 2017 tax liability is paid before the regular due date of your return through withholding, estimated tax payments, or payments made with Form 4868.

Late Filing Penalty

A late filing penalty is usually charged if your return is filed after the due date (including extensions). The penalty is usually 5% of the amount due for each month or part of a month your return is late.

The maximum penalty is 25%. If your return is more than 60 days late, the minimum penalty is $135 or the balance of the tax due on your return, whichever is smaller. You might not owe the penalty if you have a reasonable explanation for filing late. Attach a statement to your return fully explaining your reason for filing late. Do not attach the statement to Form 4868.

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