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4/04/2014

How To: E-Filing Form 4868

If you need more time to file your Individual Income Tax Return, you can easily e-file an extension and receive an additional 6 months to prepare. ExpressExtension provides IRS Form 4868 which is used to extend the time you have to file.

IRS Form 4868
Officially titled "Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return," the Form 4868 is used to apply for and additional 6 months to file Form 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ, 1040NR-EZ, 1040-PR or 1040-SS. To file a personal extension, you do not need to explain why you are asking for the extension, but you are required to properly estimate your 2013 tax liability and file Form 4868 by April 15.

Please note that you are still required to pay any tax due by the due date; the Form 4868 does not extend the time to pay.

The ExpressExtension Process to E-File Form 4868
Before you begin you want to make sure you everything you need to file. Gather the personal data the IRS requires for you to file a tax extension Form 4868: your name, address, social security number. If you're married and filing jointly, you'll need the same information for your spouse. Make sure the information you have matches what the IRS has on record. You can verify your information with them by calling 1-800-829-1040.

E-Filing Personal Tax Extension:
First you need to create your ExpressExtension account and click Create Personal Tax Extension on your account Dashboard. You'll need to estimate the total income tax payment for the filing year (only if you owe money). Try to give as accurate an estimation as possible.

Once you've got your information and estimation in hand, simply follow the directions, fill out the Form 4868 online, and we'll do the rest. Make sure to type carefully and accurately - you do not want to get rejected for typos.

What We'll Do After You E-Filed Form 4868:
First we'll check over your Form 4868, making sure it's clear of basic errors. After that, we'll submit your tax extension electronically to the IRS. We're an authorized IRS e-file provider and our site operates on a secure network, so your information is safe.

Depending on volume of forms being processed, you could hear back form the IRS in less than an hour. We'll keep you updated with any new information from the IRS via email. If your From 4868 is rejected (not many are), we'll tell you why, and we will help you sort out the problem. Then you can resubmit the form for free. Don't let that worry you though, most requests come back approved. As the final step, remember to file your Individual Income Tax Return by the extended deadline - October 15th.

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