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When is the Last Day to File for an Extension?

Tax Extension Deadline For 2024:
When is the Last Day to File a Tax Extension?

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Is Time Running Out to File Your 2023 Tax Return By Tax Day?

The tax extension deadline is around the corner. Don’t panic. Sometimes life gets in the way and you’re not able to meet the tax filing deadline. 

If this is the case, a tax deadline extension will provide you with the extra time to prepare and file your return. This can be for taxpayers experiencing unexpected circumstances (sudden illnesses, natural disasters). Everyone can file for a tax extension.

It is important to note that a tax extension isn’t an extension to pay your taxes. Any taxes owed to the IRS must still be paid by the original due date. 

Key Takeaways

Here are the key takeaways from our quick guide: 

Need Help Filing An Extension? We Are Here to Help.

M&M Tax can file your federal and state tax extension requests for you. While IRS Form 4868 is for the federal tax return on a taxpayer’s federal income taxes, each state has its separate tax forms. Visit M&M Tax and let us handle your request for additional time to file for you.

What is the Tax Deadline for 2024?

The tax deadline for 2023 is April 15, 2024.

April 15th is the due date unless the tax filing deadline falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, which moves it to the next business day.

Note: The date will vary from year to year, so it is important to stay up-to-date. Double-check to file on time or apply for an extension. Here is a list of important tax dates and deadlines throughout the year to help you.

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What is a Tax Extension (form 4868)?

A tax extension is a request for more time to file your federal income tax return with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). This will extend the deadline for filing your return by an additional six months.
 
Remember, an extension does not mean an extension to pay taxes. Paying taxes before the due date is crucial to avoid penalties and interest charges.

When is the Last Day to File for an Extension on Taxes?

April 15, 2024, is the last day to request an extension for your federal tax return. According to the IRS, individuals who are eligible victims of recent natural disasters may receive an automatic extension of time for certain tax payments.
 
For the latest updates, visit IRS.gov/disasters for more information and any requirements that qualify you.

How Do You File an IRS Tax Extension?

If you need more time to file your return, you can request extra time to file from the IRS. There are three ways to get an extension. The three methods are online payment options, e-filing, or mailing a paper form.
 
Here are the details:
E-filing? The extension request will be automatically granted and a confirmation of completion sent to you. The IRS advises you to keep the e-filed form for your records and don’t mail them a copy. Only mail them a copy if you’re making a payment by check or money order.

Are There Penalties and Fees for Filing an Extension on Taxes?

It’s important to understand that if you owe taxes, there are potential penalties and late fees you could face for failing to file your tax return on time. The amount and reason for unpaid taxes can determine the extent of penalties and fees imposed.

Here are some additional information on penalties:

It's important to file your taxes by October

We can’t stress enough about the importance of October 15, 2024.

Remember that a tax extension gives you more time to prepare & file your tax return, but it is not an extension to pay your taxes.

October 15 is when you file your return and pay your tax bill. Failure to file by this date can cause penalties and interest charges. 

If you believe you won’t meet your extension by that date, then reach out for help. Contact the IRS or local tax professional.

We’re here to help you gather important tax documents, understand the process, and pay any taxes you owe. 

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