IRS Form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, is a form that needs to be filled out to request an automatic extension to submit income tax return forms. The issuing department of the document, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and it is revised every year. The latest version of the form was released in 2021. Download a fillable version of IRS Form 4868 by clicking the link below.
The main purpose of the IRS Extension Form is to apply for a six-month extension to file your individual tax return form. You can request an extension to submit the following documents:
The time extension to file an individual income tax return granted via this form automatically gives you permission for an extension to file IRS Form 709, United States Gift (and Generation-Skipping Transfer) Tax Return. Note, that permission to file the forms after the due date does not allow you to pay taxes later. You must pay them on time; otherwise, you may be charged penalties.
File the IRS 4868 Form by the regular date of your tax return. In most cases, the due date for Form 4868 is April 17 if you live in Massachusetts or Maine and April 15 for many other states. It is advised that filers check with the state tax agency for the state in which they reside to not miss any important deadlines. Taxpayers who use fiscal year must submit this form before the original fiscal year return deadline. If you are a United States citizen or resident and are out of the country by the due date of the return, you can submit the return or the extension form by June 17. Besides, if you did not receive any income subject to the United States income tax withholdings, the due date for submitting your tax return and Form 4868 is June 17.
Use the following instructions for IRS Form 4868 to fill out and submit the document correctly:
You can submit an electronic or paper version of the form. The addresses for mailing the paper versions are provided in the IRS-issued instructions attached to IRS 4868 Form.
File IRS Form 4868 electronically via the IRS e-file: IRS electronic filing program. Use your personal computer for this purpose. You can submit the form electronically in two ways:
In any case, make sure you have your tax return for 2019. You will need to provide the information indicated in the return for verification. After you complete the transaction, you will receive an electronic acknowledgment.