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More Time to File

 

Most taxpayers will simply check a box on their return to indicate that everyone listed on the front of the return has qualifying health care coverage for the entire year and may not need more time to file.

However, people who haven’t finished filling out their return can get an automatic six-month extension. The fastest and easiest way to get the extra time is through the Free File link on IRS.gov. In a matter of minutes, anyone, regardless of income, can use this free service to electronically request an automatic tax-filing extension on Form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time To File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return.

If you received your coverage through a Marketplace, you may have received an incorrect Form 1095-A, Health Insurance Marketplace Statement, or your form may have been delayed. If you have not yet filed your income tax return, you should file by April 15 using either the Form 1095-A that you have received or the corrected form, if available. Alternatively, you may file for an extension of time to file by April 15 using Form 4868.  For more information including information about what to do if you already filed your tax return, see our Incorrect Forms 1095-A and the Premium Tax Credit questions and answers.

An extension to file will give you until Oct. 15 to file your taxes. It does not give you more time to pay your taxes. You still must estimate and pay what you owe by April 15 to avoid a late filing penalty. You will be charged interest on any tax that you do not pay on time. You may also owe a penalty if you pay your tax late. In light of some tax filers not receiving their correct Forms 1095-A, in time, the Treasury Department and IRS released guidance providing penalty relief for individuals who are unable to file an accurate return by April 15. Generally, in order to qualify for this relief, taxpayers must file either Form 1040 series or Form 4868 by April 15. A return must be filed by Oct. 15.  More specifics on the relief is  included in Notice 2015-30, Penalty Relief Related To Incorrect Or Delayed Forms 1095-A.

IRS Lists Ways to Avoid Common Reply

IRS Lists Ways to Avoid Common Errors for Millions of Taxpayers Meeting the April 15 Deadline




WASHINGTON — The tax filing deadline is less than two weeks away, and the Internal Revenue Service has already received 90 million individual tax returns – roughly three out of five returns expected to be received in 2015.

For the millions of taxpayers who will file in the next two weeks, the IRS offers the following reminders:

File electronically. Filing electronically, whether through e-file or IRS Free File, vastly reduces tax return errors, as the tax software does the calculations, flags common errors and prompts taxpayers for missing information. And best of all, there is a free option for everyone.

Mail a paper return to the right address. Paper filers should check IRS.gov or their form instructions for the appropriate address where to file to avoid processing delays.

Take a close look at the tax tables. When figuring tax using the tax tables, taxpayers should be sure to use the correct column for the filing status claimed.

Fill in all requested information clearly. When entering information on the tax return, including Social Security numbers, take the time to be sure it is correct and easy to read. Also, check only one filing status and the appropriate exemption boxes.

Review all figures. While software catches and prevents many errors on e-file returns, math errors remain common on paper returns.

Get the right routing and account numbers. Requesting direct deposit of a federal refund into one, two or even three accounts is convenient and allows the taxpayer access to his or her money faster. Make sure the financial institution routing and account numbers entered on the return are accurate. Incorrect numbers can cause a refund to be delayed or deposited into the wrong account.

Sign and date the return. If filing a joint return, both spouses must sign and date the return. E-filers can sign using a self-selected personal identification number (PIN).

Attach all required forms. Paper filers need to attach W-2s and other forms that reflect tax withholding, to the front of their returns. If requesting a payment agreement with the IRS, also attach Form 9465 to the front of the return. Attach all other necessary schedules and forms in the sequence number order shown in the upper right-hand corner.

Keep a copy of the return. Once ready to be filed, taxpayers should make a copy of their signed return and all schedules for their records.

Request a Filing Extension. For taxpayers who cannot meet the April 15 deadline, requesting a filing extension is easy and will prevent late filing penalties. Either use Free File or Form 4868. But keep in mind that while an extension grants additional time to file, tax payments are still due April 15.

Owe tax? If so, a number of e-payment options are available. Or send a check or money order payable to the “United States Treasury.”

Taxpayers may find additional help and resources on IRS.gov, including the IRS Services Guide.