What is IRS form 4868 for tax extension?

Life can get busy, and you might not have enough time to file your taxes by the deadline. If you want to apply for an automatic extension, you’ll need to know what a tax form 4868 is.

Automatic extension of time to file.

Form 4868 is an application for automatic extension of time to file a U.S. individual income tax return. If you can’t prepare your taxes by the April deadline, you’ll need to fill out this form to give yourself more time.

The form itself is rather straightforward. It just asks for a few pieces of personal information:

  1. Name
  2. Address
  3. Social security numbers for both you and your spouse (if applicable)
  4. Estimate of total tax liability for the previous year
  5. Total tax payments
  6. Estimated taxes due
  7. The amount you plan to pay

Once you fill in the blanks and submit the form, the IRS will consider giving you an extension on filing your taxes. Typically, you can extend your tax due date by a maximum of six months, but there are some exceptions.

Electronically fill and sign your form 4868.

Most tax forms, including form 4868, can be downloaded from the internet as a PDF. To save the aggravation of printing, signing, and scanning the document, it’s much easier to fill and sign the form electronically with PDF editing software like Adobe Acrobat.

Electronic signatures are quick, easy, and count as a legal signature. That helps make filling out your tax forms a breeze. You can even edit PDFs online without needing to download any additional software.

Alternatively, you can print your tax forms, fill them out with a pen, and then digitize your tax documents using your smartphone for easy organization and submission.

Discover what more you can do with Acrobat to simplify working with PDF tax forms.