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Form 8868 Due Dates

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.

What is IRS Form 8868?

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.

When is the deadline for filing Form 8868?

The due date for filing Form 8868 depends on the end date of the tax-exempt organization's accounting period.

  • For organizations following the calendar tax year (ending December 31), Form 8868 is due on May 15.
  • For organizations following a fiscal tax year, Form 8868 must be filed by the 15th day of the 5th month after their tax year ends.

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How to file Form 8868 for the 2023 tax year?

There are two ways to file Form 8868 with the IRS:

Electronic filing (E-filing)

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.

Paper Filing

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.

E-file Form 8868 with TaxZerone

As an IRS-authorized e-file provider, TaxZerone offers the simplest process to e-file Form 8868.
  1. Enter your organization details, select the tax year, and choose the appropriate IRS form for which you’re applying for an extension.
  2. Calculate the balance due by entering tentative total tax and total payments and credits.
  3. Review and transmit the return to the IRS and get notified as soon as the IRS processes your return.

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