The information in this article is up to date through tax year 2020 (taxes filed 2021).
When you need extra time to finish your federal tax return, you can file for an extension with the IRS. It is free to file an extension, and you’ll get six more months to file your return.
TaxSlayer can help you submit an extension to file quickly and easily. Here’s how it goes:
How to file an extension with TaxSlayer
First, create an account with TaxSlayer and start a new tax return or if you have already created an account, simply sign in and access your return for the current year. Next fill out your personal information for yourself, your spouse (if you are filing jointly), and any qualifying dependents you may have.
From the Main Menu, navigate to the Federal Section. This will expand another menu. Choose Miscellaneous Forms, and then the Application for Extension Form 4868.
TaxSlayer will ask you for some basic information. First, enter your tax liability, any amounts previously paid for the current tax year, such as quarterly payments and withholdings, and the payment amount you are sending with your extension.
When you are finished filling out Form 4868, you may file it electronically with TaxSlayer just as you would file a tax return. You should get an acknowledgment within 24-48 hours of filing to tell you whether the IRS has accepted or rejected your application for extension.
You can pay your income taxes with your extension directly from your bank account with electronic withdrawal, by credit card, or by printing out the form and mailing a check or money order to the IRS.
For more information on filing an extension with TaxSlayer, read How Do I Complete My Federal Extension?