TIP: What You Need to Know About Extension to File Tax Returns
Counting today, we have 8 days before the IRS starts accepting tax returns. With that, I would like to clear up a few misconceptions for taxpayers who are planning on filing an extension.
An extension gives you extra time to File your tax return. Yes! However, an extension does NOT give you extra time to pay any taxes due. Any taxes owed – even when you file an extension – will still be due by the due date. An extension can help reduce penalties, but any outstanding balance will still be charged a late payment penalty and interest.
Not everyone qualifies for an extension. For example, taxpayers who were approved for an Offer in Compromise are still required to file by the due date during their five-year probationary period. If you don't file by the due date, the IRS can revoke your offer-in-compromise and re-instate the original amount you owed. Likewise, contributions to a Traditional IRA and/or Roth IRA are due by the original April deadline.