Volume No. US-19-06
distinct aspect of the U.S. tax system is the ability for a taxpayer to extend
the due date of a tax return. This allows the taxpayer additional time to
complete and file an income tax return without being assessed a late filing
penalty. Late filing penalties are
assessed at the rate of 5% per month up to a maximum of 25%.
cases a tax return due date can be automatically extended by up to six
months. All that is required is the
filing of the proper extension form. No
explanation from the taxpayer is required and the IRS cannot deny a properly
filed extension. However, the timely filing of the form is crucial in order for the
extension to be valid.
important to realize that extending the filing due date of a tax return does
not extend the tax payment due date. Taxpayers
who do not pay at least 90% of the ultimate taxes due by the original due date
will be assessed a late payment penalty.
The penalty is imposed at a rate of 1/2% per month until paid. Interest will accrue, on both the taxes due
and any penalties, from the original payment due date until payment is
made. The rate of interest is equal to
the short-term applicable federal rate (AFR) plus 3%.
If the due
date falls on a weekend or a statutory holiday, the due date is extended until
the next business day.
Individual Tax Returns
individual taxpayer can obtain an automatic six-month extension of time to file
by filing Form 4868, “Application
for Automatic Extension of Time to File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return,”
on or before the original due date of the return. No signature is required and the form can be
filed electronically or mailed to the appropriate IRS office. A proper estimate of the tax due for the year
must be made, but full payment is not required.
citizen or resident who is “out of the country” on the regular due date of a
return is allowed an automatic two month extension to file without filing Form
4868. However, if additional time is
required beyond this extended due date, the taxpayer can file Form 4868 and
will be allowed an additional four months to file the return.
or residents who do not reside in the U.S. may also request an additional 2
month extension. This extension,
however, is not automatic and can be denied by the IRS.
corporation generally may obtain an automatic six-month extension of time for
filing its income tax return by filing Form 7004, “Application for Automatic Extension of Time To File Certain Business
Income Tax, Information, and Other Returns,” provided that the
application is timely filed, properly signed, and a remittance is made of the
amount of the tax properly estimated to be due.
A seven-month extension is available for returns of C corporations with
tax years ending June 30.
Corporations, and Trusts
automatic extension of time for a partnership, S corporation or trust to file
an income tax return can be obtained by filing Form 7004, “Application for Automatic Extension of Time
To File Certain Business Income Tax, Information and Other Returns.”
The length of the automatic extension depends upon the type of return. For partnerships and S corporations, an
automatic six month extension is available. For certain estate and trust
returns, an automatic 5½ month extension is available.
A summary of U.S. tax return regular due dates and extended due dates is
Type of Filer||Form||RegularDue Date||ExtendedDue Date|
|U.S. citizens and residents||Form 4868||April 15||October 15|
|U.S. non-resident aliens with U.S. employment income||Form 4868||April 15||October 15|
|U.S. non-resident aliens without U.S. employment income||Form 4868||June 15||December 15|
U.S. citizens and residents who reside outside of the United States receive an automatic two-month extension of time to file to June 15. No filing is required for this automatic extension.
|Type of Filer ||Form || Regular Due Date ||Extended Due Date |
|C Corporations ||Form 7004 ||15th day of the 4th month after the end of the tax year ||15th day of the 10th month after the end of the tax year |
|Partnerships ||Form 7004 ||15th day of the 3rd month after the end of the tax year ||15th day of the 6th month after the end of the tax year |
|Limited Liability Corporations ||Form 7004 ||15th day of the 3rd month after the end of the tax year ||15th day of the 6th month after the end of the tax year |
|S Corporations ||Form 7004 ||15th day of the 3rd month after the end of the tax year ||15th day of the 6th month after the end of the tax year |
|Type of Filer ||Form ||Regular Due Date || Extended Due Date |
|U.S. Resident Trust ||Form 7004 ||15th day of the 4th month after the end of the tax year ||First day of the 10th month after the end of the tax year |
|U.S. Nonresident Trust ||Form 4868 ||15th day of the 6th month after the end of the tax year ||15th day of the 12th month after the end of the tax year |
|Foreign Trust with a U.S. Owner ||Form 7004 ||15th day of the 3rd month after the end of the tax year ||15th day of the 6th month after the end of the tax year |
State Income Tax
Those U.S. states
that impose an income tax also have a provision to extend a tax return’s due
date. However, keep in mind that the regular due date and extended due date
for a state tax return may be different than the federal dates. Also, each state has a different filing
requirement for an extension — some states will recognize a federal extension form
while other states have their own forms.
It is important to review an individual state’s extension filing
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