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April 7, 2014 – TaxTalk Blog
Oh yeah, here it comes again! The tax filing due date is quickly approaching. And you are not ready and haven’t filed. So now what? Leave town? Ignore it and hope it goes away (it won’t!), or just turn yourself in to the authorities and throw yourself on the mercy of the court?
Seriously, though, it is possible you just can’t get your state tax return filed by the April 15 filing due date. And it’s not really a crisis. But it does present a dilemma, as there can be penalties involved for not filing on time. The solution is to get an extension of time to file.
Extensions come in two basic categories, based on whether you owe additional tax or expect to get a refund (or to break even).
First, let’s talk about what to do if you haven’t paid enough tax for this year, and expect to owe when you file.
An extension of time to file extends the time you have to get all your information together so you can file. That said, it does not extend the time to pay any tax you may owe. The tax is still due on April 15, 2014.
Here’s how a state extension (Form IT-9) works for you:
Here are two ways to file for an extension with Indiana:
Now, if you are expecting a refund, or expect to break even, and you can’t file by April 15, you’ll still need to file for an extension. But, you have a couple of options.
Here’s how an extension works for you if you don’t owe:
For military personnel needing an extension, there are special filing considerations. The Department of Revenue’s Information Bulletin 27 can give you details about extensions, taxability of income, deductions, and a range of information for those serving in the military. Also, if you or your spouse is serving in a combat zone, check out our information on combat zone issues for tax information specific to your situation.
Finally, if you are planning on mailing your tax return (or extension payment) in the late evening hours of April 15, call the U.S. Postal Service ahead of time. While several branches used to stay open until midnight on tax day, last year only a handful did.
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