Tax experts recommend filing your taxes by the due date of April 15th 2013, but they understand that individuals sometimes need more time. If this is the case, you can file an extension. An extension lets you extend your deadline to file a tax return by six months (October 15th, 2013), but does not extend your time to pay. If you owe taxes, you need to pay by April 15th, 2013 to avoid penalties and fees. Estimate the amount you’ll owe, file an extension and pay by April 15th. Here’s a simple guide on how to file an extension for your taxes.
First, you need to know if you’re going to owe taxes or get a refund. Again, if you owe, you need to pay the estimated amount no later than April 15th, 2013. H&R Block provides a simple tax calculator that estimates if and what you’ll owe. It requires your filing status, age on 12/31/12 and total wages in 2012. It should be noted that this is only an estimate, and that a complete tax preparation tool is required for more accurate information.
If you wish to file your extension by mail, simply print out the IRS Form 4868: Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, fill it out and mail it to your state's IRS address.
Remember, if you owe, you must pay what you estimated. Send the form along with your payment postmarked by April 15th, 2013 at the latest.
TurboTax makes it extremely simple to file your extension online. File online by April 15th, 2013. If you owe, you can make a payment online via your credit or debit card.
The main reasons people need to file an extension for their taxes include not having all the necessary paperwork, having a hard time with a certain question or situation, and procrastinating. Other common reasons to file an extension include:
Most people file their taxes electronically, but more often than not, those who filed for an extension end up mailing their taxes in once they’ve completed them.
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