Extension to File Your Tax Return
Do you need more time to prepare your tax return?
If you are unable to file your federal income tax return by the due date, you may be able to get an extension from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). But this does not grant you more time to pay your taxes.
You may be able to get an automatic six-month extension to file your return. To do so, you must file IRS Form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time To File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return (PDF, Download Adobe Reader) by the due date for filing your calendar year return (usually April 15) or fiscal year return. For a Spanish version of this form, download IRS Form 4868sp (PDF, Download Adobe Reader).
Special rules may apply if you are:
- Living outside the United States.
- Out of the country when your six-month extension expires.
- Living in a combat zone or a qualified hazardous area.
Get filing information about your tax return, including guidelines on extensions of time to file.
The April 15 deadline to file your individual income taxes is fast approaching. If you’ve waited to file, there’s no need to panic. The Department of Revenue offers resources to help Indiana taxpayers.
Taxpayers who can’t complete their tax return by April 15 can complete an extension of time to file form with either the IRS or the Indiana Department of Revenue. Filing either extension will give the taxpayer until November 16 to file their tax return. Although the extension provides an extension of time to file, taxpayers still are responsible for paying taxes owed by April 15.
The IRS offers a federal extension of time to file (IRS Form 4868). If you file this form, you won’t need to complete a separate extension form for Indiana.
If you don’t have an IRS extension, you can file for an Indiana extension by following the steps below:
- Download Form IT-9 and mail it to the Indiana Department of Revenue postmarked by April 15. This form is available online at www.in.gov/dor.
- Determine if you owe state taxes. You should pay at least 90 percent of the tax due when you submit the extension to avoid penalty.
- There will be no penalty if you file and pay the remaining balance by the extension date.
Filing online is the fastest and easiest way to ensure returns are processed on time.
Nearly two million Indiana taxpayers qualify to file their federal and state taxes online for free with Indiana freefile (INfreefile). If your adjusted gross income (AGI) was $60,000 or less in 2014, you may qualify. Visit www.freefile.dor.in.gov to compare vendor offers and get started on your tax return. The INfreefile website is available in Spanish at www.in.gov/dor/5067.htm.
If you need last-minute assistance or have questions about your return, please contact the department at 317-232-2240 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Spanish support is available.
Due Date/Extension to File Income Tax Return (2015 IL-1040)
Your Illinois filing period is the same as your federal filing period. We will assume that you are filing your Form IL-1040 for calendar year 2015 unless you indicate a different filing period in the space provided at the top of the return. The due date for calendar year filers is April 18, 2016.
We grant an automatic six-month extension of time to file your return. If you receive a federal extension of more than six months, you are automatically allowed that extension for Illinois. These extensions do not grant you an extension of time to pay any tax you owe. If you determine that you will owe tax, you must use Form IL-505-I, Automatic Extension Payment for Individuals, to pay any tax you owe to avoid penalty and interest on tax not paid by April 18, 2016.
MyTax Illinois is an easy way to pay your IL-505-I payment. If you do not expect to owe tax, you do not have to do anything.