Can I file my return after April 18, 2017 without being considered late?
You can if you're a U.S. citizen or resident alien and you are out of the country on April 18, 2017.
The IRS considers you out of the country if:
- You are living outside the United States or Puerto Rico and your main place of business or post of duty is outside the United States or Puerto Rico; or
- You are on duty in the military or naval service outside of the United States or Puerto Rico.
In either case, your filing and tax payment deadline is automatically extended two more months, until June 15, 2017. When you file your return, you'll need to attach a statement explaining which of these two situations apply to you.
Please note that although out-of-country taxpayers won't be assessed late-filing or late-payment penalties if they file and pay by June 15, 2017, the IRS still charges interest on taxes not paid by April 18, 2017 – out of the country or not.
If you need additional time after June 15, 2017, you can request an extension until October 16, 2017 to file your return. However, a late-payment penalty (plus interest) will apply to taxes not paid by June 15, 2017.