IRS Extension Form 2009: Need a Tax Extension Form From IRS?
It's Tax Time and Some Need the IRS Extension Form 2009
If you need more time to file your taxes, you will need to fill in an IRS Extension form 2009, which is also known as a Form 4868. This is not a Tax Extension Form 2010 however. Taxes are due April 15 2010 for the year 2009 so you will need to fill our an IRS form for 2009, not 2010. In 2011 you can fill in a form for your 2010 taxes.
If you do need more time, the IRS will allow you to extend your due date from April 15 to October 15, but you must file for more time before the April 15 due date, or you will not get more time.
You must also file an extension for both federal and state taxes.
However, as the IRS states:
An extension of time to file is not an extension of time to pay. You need to estimate your tax liability and pay any balance due when you request the extension. Several payment options are available, including electronic funds withdrawal, credit card and check.
They recommend using Free File to file your IRS Extension Form 2009.
Tax time is very stressful, especially if you feel that you cannot meet the deadline to file all your taxes on time.
You are not alone if you need an extension however, as the IRS is expecting to get about 10 million extension requests just for this year. They had about the same number last year. Some do not have to apply, but most do. If you are a military personnel serving in a combat zone, you get 180 days after leaving the zone to file. Or if you are a victim of a recent natural disaster such as in floods in Rhode Island, you have extra time to file.