The first symptoms of Hay Fever always seem to set in the last few weeks of tax season, so forgive me if this sounds stuffy. According to the Internal Revenue Service, "April 17 is the deadline for most taxpayers to file an extension and to pay taxes owed to avoid penalty and interest charges. If you file for an extension, your return is due October 15, 2018. Special rules may apply if you're in the military or live outside the U.S."
You might be ready or able to file for a myriad of reasons, but in any event there is no need for individual filers to panic. Simply file form 4868 with the IRS and individual tax filers get an extension until October 15th. Whether you use a paper form or one of many tax prep websites, there are many ways to submit the request for an extension. So if you were concerned, hopefully you will avoid penalties and interest and breathe a little easier...even with the sudden spike in pollen.
If you need to file an extension, have questions, or would like professional assistance, you can reach me at 423-622-3156. Tax Preparation shouldn't be a sprint, and with our help it doesn't have to feel like a marathon either.