Truth Be Told, You Don’t Have To File Your Tax Return By April 15th
The tax filing deadline for filing your 2018 tax return is Monday April 15th 2019Here are the Tax Filing Deadlines for 2019
The tax filing date is a deadline you must pay attention to. However, that doesn’t mean you have to have your tax return completed and submitted prior to April 15th. A tax extension is a tool that buys you more time to complete that tedious task, but don’t blow off paying Uncle Sam any taxes that you may still owe…
Fact is, a tax extension is very easy to get and it can buy you much more time to prepare and file your tax return. However, that in no way buys you more time to pay Uncle Sam any additional taxes that you may owe. Use a tax calculator to estimate your taxes because not getting your taxes paid on time can cost you dearly in penalties and interest. That’s something nobody wants to deal with…
The normal tax filing deadline is April 15th, but variables apply when this date falls on a weekend. In this case, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will extend the tax filing deadline by a day or two. Generally Tuesday of the following week.
Avoiding The Tax Filing Deadline
Tax extensions are generally granted at leisure through the very simple process of filling out tax extension form 4868 and submitting it to the IRS.
You will then get a response from the IRS as to your extension being granted, or the reason it was rejected. If this is the case, you can make corrections and resubmit your form for final approval which will grant you six extra months, till October 15th.
Some taxpayers play the safety game and regularly file tax extensions every year, even if they intend to submit their tax forms on time anyway. It’s just protocol for some reason. They just figure that in the case that they might miss the deadline, it’s safer to file one more piece of paper so that if something happens, they’ll be covered.
All income tax preparation software (like Turbo Tax Online or H&R Block At Home) offer the ability for you to file an IRS tax extension. If you don’t want to deal with finding the right software or finding your login information from last year, just click the button above, fill out and efile the online extension application with the IRS automatically to apply for your 2014 federal income tax extension.
Filing Tax Extension Form 4868
If you need more time to file your tax return, an extension from the IRS for filing your federal income tax forms after the tax filing deadline is the best option. There are a few options you can use to do this. There are several ways to electronically file for a federal tax extension, and you also have the old fashioned method, on paper. However, both formats offer several options that are available. Let’s take a look at these optional formats that are available for filing a federal tax return extension with the IRS.
File Tax Extension Electronically
- You can click the file tax extension button here and complete the tax extension form using a registered tax extension company to quickly file for your tax extension.
- You can tell your tax professional you want an extension and he or she will file the necessary form 4868 through tax preparation software.
- If you use Turbo Tax or something like it (your own tax preparation software) you can do the same thing your tax professional would do: file electronically through the software on a PC.
- You can use the IRS’s website to file for an extension of time. It’s actually a link from the IRS website to a third party company they’ve contracted with to process electronic tax filings. Simply fill out the appropriate Free File Tax Extension Form and submit.
File Tax Extension on Paper
- You can download form 4868 from the IRS website in PDF format. You can then fill it out on your PC, print it out, and mail it to the IRS. You can also just print out a blank one and hand write in the information on the form.
- If you do not have access to a local computer or home PC, you can still pick up IRS tax forms at your local post office or public library.
If you filled out a paper form 4868 and are going to mail it, here are the IRS addresses to use. The mailing address you use will depend on what state you live in, and whether or not you are making a payment for income taxes that you still owe the IRS. Uncle Sam is watching, so if you owe, he knows. Get them paid!
If You are Making a Payment:
Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina:
P.O. Box 105050 Atlanta, GA 30348-5050
Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont:
P.O. Box 37009 Hartford, CT 06176-0009
Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas:
P.O. Box 1302 Charlotte, NC 28201-1302
Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Washington:
P.O. Box 7122 San Francisco, CA 94120-7122
Arkansas, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin, Wyoming:
P.O. Box 802503 Cincinnati, OH 45280-2503
Kentucky, Missouri, New Jersey, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia:
P.O. Box 970028 St. Louis, MO 63197-0028
A foreign country, U.S. possession or territory*, or use an APO or FPO address, or file Form 2555, 2555-EZ, or 4563, or are a dual-status alien:
The North Carolina address.
If You are Not Making a Payment:
Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Kentucky, Missouri, New Jersey, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia:
Kansas City, MO 64999-0045
Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, A foreign country, U.S. possession or territory*, or use an APO or FPO address, or file Form 2555, 2555-EZ, or 4563, or are a dual-status alien:
Austin, TX 73301-0215 USA
Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Arkansas, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin, Wyoming:
Fresno, CA 93888-0045