You can easily extend your 2015 federal income tax filing deadline by six months, from April 18th, 2016 to October 17th, 2016. You don't even need to provide a reason. The deadline to request an extension is April 18th, 2016.
The most common document used to apply for a personal extension is IRS Form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File US Individual Income Tax Return. You can obtain an empty 4868 and file it yourself free of charge by starting at this link. Or you can choose our simple online tool to e-file the application on your behalf by midnight central time, April 18 if your order is submitted by 9pm central time on April 18.
No payment to the IRS is necessary to receive an extension. But extensions do not extend the time you have to pay your taxes. They only extend the deadline for filing your return. So to avoid interest and possible penalties, you should pay your estimated tax balance to the IRS by April 18th even if you get an extension.
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