If you are due a federal income tax return and you need more time to prepare it, you may be able to file for an income tax filing extension. There are many different types of extensions available, so you should consult with a tax professional if you think you may qualify.Generally, you can file for an extension if:

  • Your return is due on or before April 15thYou have filed your return on time in the past

    You have not received a notice from the IRS indicating that your return is late

If all of the above statements are true, then you can generally file for an extension up until October 15th. Consult with a tax professional if you believe that you may qualify for an income tax filing extension.How to get an income tax filing extension?If you are unable to file your tax return by the due date, you may be eligible for an income tax filing extension. There are several ways to get an extension, and each has its own rules. Here is a brief overview of each option:Request an Extension on Your Tax Return via e-Filing: You can request an extension through the IRS online e-file system. This is the fastest way to get your extension, and it requires no paperwork. However, you will have to pay a fee associated with the extension. The deadline to apply for an online filing extension is October 15th.Use Free File: If you cannot afford to pay the fee associated with requesting an online or paper filing extension, you may be able to use Free File Alliance services. This program provides free access to hundreds of software programs that can help prepare your taxes.Ask a Friend or Relative For An Extension: If you cannot file your return by the due date, you may be able to ask a friend or relative for an extension. However, you will have to provide valid documentation of the request and the reasons why you are unable to file on time. The deadline to ask for an extension is October 15th.How long does an income tax filing extension last?If you owe taxes, you may be able to get an extension of time to file your return. To qualify for an extension, you must meet certain requirements. The IRS has specific information about the types of extensions available and the process for applying. Here are some tips on how long an income tax filing extension lasts:The length of the extension varies based on the type of return you are filing. Most extensions are for six months, but there are exceptions for certain types of returns.To apply for an extension, you must file Form 4868 with your tax return. This form explains your extension request and provides other information about the extension process.You can get a six-month extension if you File Your Return by Mail (Form 1040A or 1040). You must attach Form 4868 to your return when you mail it.You can get a three-month extension if you File Your Return Online (Form 1040EZ). You must attach Form 4868 to your return when you file it electronically.If you do not qualify for either of the above extensions, you can only get a two-month extension. You can get this extension by filing Form 4868 with your tax return or by requesting an automatic six-month Extension of Time to File (ETFO) from the IRS online account portal. If you request an ETFO, include all required documentation with your application, including copies of all payments made and correspondence from the IRS about your return.