If you are unable to file your federal income taxes by April 17th, don’t worry about Uncle Sam tracking you down. Well, as long as you file an income tax extension Form 4868. But, how do you file a tax extension out-of-the-country?
How Do I File A Tax Extension Out-Of-The-Country?
While you can still file for an automatic extension of time while outside of the United States there are a few things you need to know. Here we will cover what IRS Form 4868 is and how to file it while in another country.
What is Tax Extension Form 4868?
Tax Extension Form 4868 provides you with an automatic extension of time to file your U.S. Individual Tax Return. If you submit your application to the IRS by April 17th, 2018 you can receive an extra six months to file your income tax return without incurring any penalties.
Anyone can qualify for an automatic federal income tax extension. The government will not ask why you are in need of additional time to file. If you are unable to file your income taxes by the April 17th deadline, you will need to file tax extension Form 4868
IRS Form 4868 can extend the filing deadline for the following returns:
Form 1040, Form 1040A, Form 1040EZ, Form 1040NR, Form 1040NR-EZ, Form 1040-PR or Form 1040-SS.
Please note that the federal income tax extension Form 4868 will not extend your deadline for paying any owed taxes. If you are unable to make your tax payment, you will be fined penalties and interest. However, if you are receiving money from the government, you will not be charged. Because the penalty amount is calculated from your owed taxes.
Out-Of-The-Country vs. Domestic Filers
Domestic filers within the United States must submit Form 4868 by the April 17th tax deadline to receive a six-month extension. While taxpayers outside of the U.S. and Puerto Rico must submit Form 4868 by June 15th, 2018 to receive a 4-month extension.
But, no matter if you are filing within the U.S. or not you are still required to make your tax payments by the respective deadline.
Am I Considered Out-Of-The-Country?
The IRS, for tax purposes, considers you out-of-the-country if:
- You live and work outside of the United States and Puerto Rico
- You are in military or naval service on duty outside of the United States and Puerto Rico
If you qualify as being out-of-the-country, you will still be eligible for the extension if you are physically present in the United States or Puerto Rico on April 17th.
How Do I Apply For A Federal Income Tax Extension?
You can e-file Form 4868 with our sister product ExpressExtension whether you are filing domestically or abroad. We can easily transmit your forms directly to the IRS so you can rest easy knowing you have an additional six months to file your federal income taxes. File today and receive an automatic 6-month extension of time to file your personal tax return.
Once you have filed Form 4868 with the IRS, you will get a confirmation email within 48 hours notifying you that your extension was accepted by the IRS.