Important Reminder from the IRS Regarding Extensions

I want to share some timely information regarding IRS extensions of time to file for individual taxpayers that you may not be aware of:

A 6-month extension of time to file will automatically process when a taxpayer pays all or part of their taxes electronically by April 17 following the instruction below. There’s no need to file a paper or electronic Form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return.

Taxpayers can get an automatic extension to file (but not to pay) when they make a payment with Direct Pay, the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System or by debit or credit card.

When paying electronically, taxpayers must select “Form 4868” or “extension” as the payment type and the payment date to get the automatic extension; they should keep the confirmation received as proof of payment. Taxpayers can opt in to receive email notifications about their payment With Direct Pay and EFTPS.

Taxpayers need to watch out for email schemes. They will only receive an email from Direct Pay or EFTPS if they’ve opted in for email notifications when they initiate the payment process in Direct Pay or sign up for email through EFTPS.

Another way to make a payment is through the IRS2Go mobile app. It provides an easy way to make a payment, check the refund status and other helpful functions. Taxpayers can download IRS2Go from Google Play, the Apple App Store or Amazon to make payments anytime, anywhere. IRS electronic payment options are quick, easy and secure.