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How do I file an IRS extension (Form 4868)?

SOLVEDby TurboTaxTurboTax Online4978Updated January 07, 2022

An extension gives you until October 17, 2022 to file your taxes instead of the tax deadline (April 18, 2022). This does not give you more time to pay your taxes (if you owe), which are due on April 18. However, filing an extension will help you avoid a late-filing penalty.

You must file for an extension by the tax deadline.

You can file your extension at our Easy Extension website or your can select your product below for detailed steps.

  1. Open or continue your return in TurboTax Online.
  2. Under Manage Your Return on the bottom, left side of the screen, select File an extension.
    • If you don't see the File an extension button in Step 2 above, search for extend and select the Jump to link at the top of your search results.
  3. Follow the instructions to e-file your extension.
  1. Sign in and open or continue your return.
  2. Select the menu icon in the upper left.
  3. Follow the instructions to e-file your extension.
  1. Sign in to your TurboTax account.
  2. Continue to your return.
  3. Type extend into the search bar.
  4. Select the Jump to link.
  5. Answer Yes on the Applying for an Extension screen and continue.
  6. Follow the instructions to prepare, print, and mail your 4868 form.

If you don't want to e-file your extension, you can file it by mail.

Download and print Form 4868, fill it out, and get it postmarked before midnight, April 18. Payment and mailing instructions are on pages 3 and 4 of your printout.

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