Need More Time to Prepare Your Income Taxes? You Can File an IRS Extension
many consumers are eligible to push back their due date by six months
If you are not able to file your federal individual income tax return by the April 15 deadline, you may be able to get an automatic 6-month extension of time to file.
To do so, you must file Form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time To File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, with the IRS by the due date for filing your calendar year return or fiscal year return. This form is also available en español.
Special rules may apply if you are living outside the United States, out of the country when your 6-month extension expires, or serving in a combat zone or a qualified hazardous duty area.
You can also go to 'Filing Information' in Publication 17 for additional information regarding the rules for automatic extensions and filing federal individual income tax returns.
Be aware that an extension of time to file your tax return does not grant you any extension of time to pay your tax liability.
Further information is available at IRS.gov.