Tax season can feel like a cumbersome task, especially for exempt organizations and employers filing complex forms like 990. But don’t worry. Form 8868 is your safety net, which grants you a six-month extension to gather documents and avoid the late-filing penalties.
Charities, nonprofit groups, and tax-exempt organizations can use Form 8868 to request an automatic 6-month extension of time to file their information returns.
These organizations do not need to provide a reason when filing Form 8868 for the extension. Simply submitting the form by the original due date will automatically provide up to a 6-month filing extension.
Form 8868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time To File an Exempt Organization Return, is the specific IRS form used by tax-exempt groups to obtain this automatic extension.
The due date for filing Form 8868 depends on the end date of the tax-exempt organization's accounting period.
Don't wait till the deadline!
E-file Form 8868 now and secure your 6-month extra time to file information returns.
There are two ways to file Form 8868 with the IRS:
E-filing Form 8868 through an authorized e-file provider is the quickest and easiest way to file for an extension. The benefits of e-filing include fast processing, convenience, and accuracy.
TaxZerone is an IRS-authorized e-file service provider through which you can file Form 8868 extension. You only need to enter the required information, calculate the balance due, and transmit the return to the IRS.
You can also file Form 8868 by printing out the form and mailing it to the IRS. If you choose paper filing, make sure to mail the form early and double check for errors.
The IRS recommends e-filing over paper filing because of its speed, ease of use, and minimal errors. However, paper filing is an option if you cannot e-file for any reason. The key with either method is filing Form 8868 before the tax filing deadline.