How to File for an Extension of Time to File Your Tax Return

Our AARP Tax Aide volunteers have sent us this information on how to file for an extension of time to file your tax return online:

Form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return is available in the Free File Fillable Forms program.

Part I - Complete the entity portion of the form. There are separate areas for the taxpayer and spouse FIRST, MIDDLE INITIAL and LAST NAME.

Part II - Manually enter lines 4 and 5
Line 6 subtracts line 5 from line 4
Line 7 - Manually enter the amount you are paying with the extension
Lines 8 and 9 are checkboxes

If filing Form 4868 electronically, complete the all the areas below the form, including the "Electronic withdrawal of tax due", if making a payment.