How It Works: Filing a Personal IRS Tax Extension
You’re only a few minutes away from getting a 6-month IRS extension. Here’s how to extend your IRS income tax deadline using FileLater to electronically file Form 4868, which extends the filing deadline to October 15 for Tax Forms 1040, 1040NR, 1040NR-EZ, 1040-PR, and 1040-SS.
Provide the personal data the IRS requires for you to file a tax extension. This includes your name, address, Social Security Number (SSN), and the same information for your spouse if you are married and filing jointly. W-2’s, 1099s, prior year tax returns, and all of those complicated tax forms are not required! All of your information is kept secure and not shared with anyone but the IRS, period.
Estimate if you are going to get a tax refund, or expect to owe a tax balance. If this sounds complicated, don’t worry… we make it easy. You can use our easy tax calculator to estimate your situation. Or, many customers simply assume a similar tax situation to last year. If you expect to owe and you want to make a tax payment to avoid potential IRS interest and late payment penalties, we can help you make that payment directly to the IRS via Electronic Funds Withdrawal (EFW) from your bank account — it’s your choice.
Once you submit with FileLater, we will electronically transmit Form 4868 to the IRS for approval. FileLater is an authorized IRS e-file provider which means that your data, and our transmission to the IRS, is safe and secure… so you have nothing to worry about.
That’s all it takes
We'll receive notification from the IRS, usually in a matter of minutes, that your extension was approved by the IRS. If for any reason your extension is rejected, we’ll tell you why, and you can resubmit for free after making any changes. Keep in mind, almost all rejections are caused by a name and Social Security Number not matching IRS records (caused by misspellings, typos, change of name, etc.). As long as you submit your information accurately and on time, it should be approved — that’s why the IRS calls it an “Automatic Extension".
If you have any questions about filing an IRS Form 4868, our support staff is standing by to help!