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Why do I get an error message when trying to file extension?

I bought Turbotax deluxe from Target & downloaded the software after purchase (instead of buying the CD). I am trying to file an extension for tax year 2019 & go through the screens. It tells me I have to print & mail to the IRS. But Turbotax website says I can e-file an extension for free in March. So I try that today, online, and get a rejection saying the deadline has passed. This makes no sense and I'm so frustrated! Help!

 

Unfortunately, the deadline for filing an extension has passed*

But you can still file your taxes on TurboTax until October 15, 2020.
Things you need to know:
  • Any taxes you owe were due on April 15, so pay them soon to keep penalties and interest to a minimum.
  • After October 15, you can’t e-file online. But you can still print and mail paper forms.
* If you live in Massachusetts or Maine, you're in luck! You can file an extension through April 17.
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Why do I get an error message when trying to file extension?

The reason you're getting the "Unfortunately, the deadline has passed message" because that message relates to tax year 2018.

 

For tax year 2019, the IRS has approved the 4868 form for mailing but not e-filing. Once the form has been approved for e-filing, you won't get the message. Please check the TurboTax Forms Availability to see when the form is "available" for e-file. 

 

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Why do I get an error message when trying to file extension?

I guess I'm confused....this link (pasted below) appears to indicate the possibility of e-filing an extension for 2019. Thoughts?

 

https://turbotax.intuit.com/irs-tax-extensions/

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Why do I get an error message when trying to file extension?

Online filing of extensions has not started yet per the IRS.   You can print and mail file for an extension now.

 

Online will start sometime in March but date has not been established yet.

**Disclaimer: This post is for discussion purposes only and is NOT tax advice. The author takes no responsibility for the accuracy of any information in this post.**
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Why do I get an error message when trying to file extension?

In past tax years, has the IRS approved (prior to April 15) form 4868 to be e-filed? I'm just weighing options. I would prefer an email confirmation instead of just hoping it gets there in the mail, you know?

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Why do I get an error message when trying to file extension?

As macuser_22 points out, at some point, the 4868 will be made available in TurboTax for online filing. 

 

"In past tax years, has the IRS approved (prior to April 15) form 4868 to be e-filed? " Yes, because I have done it with my personal returns.

 

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