Easy option for filing an extension
The Internal Revenue Service allows taxpayers to file for a 6-month extension if they need more time to prepare their tax return. You can obtain a tax extension for any reason; the IRS grants them automatically as long as you complete the proper form on time.
If you found yourself unable to meet the document deadline of March 15, 2018, or unable to complete your 2017 federal tax return by the April deadline (April 17 in 2018 for filing 2017 taxes), you’ll first need to file an extension with the IRS to avoid any potential late-filing or late payment penalties. Filing an extension will allow you to push your deadline back six months to October 15, 2018.
Clergy Financial Resources now has an easy option to file your extension. Complete the request form below. Once this information is submitted, we’ll file your extension and send you an email confirmation on April 17, 2018.
This extension is not an extension of time to pay. If you have not made all of your estimated payments for federal and state or anticipated a balance due for 2017, please forward this payment to the IRS/state prior to April 17, 2018. If you are unable to pay this balance due in full, you can still get the extension of time. However, the IRS may charge interest on the unpaid balance. This extension will expire on October 15, 2018.
In addition to this extension, your first quarterly estimated payment will be due on April 17, 2018. Please continue to pay the same estimated amount to federal/state as you have in the past. We will make the necessary adjustments to the balance of your payments during your tax review.
For your convenience, the following link includes the 2018 federal estimated tax vouchers and instructions. Many states now offer an online payment system, if you need to make state estimated payments.
Need to pay taxes?
It’s important to keep in mind an extension only pushes back the due date for the filing of your tax documents. It does not give you extra time to pay any taxes you may owe. If you believe you will owe money this year, you’ll need to estimate the amount after filing for an extension and make a payment by the April deadline.
If you need to make a payment by credit card, you can use one of several IRS approved Electronic Payment Methods. You can pay with your credit card online or by phone.
If you’d rather mail your extension directly to the IRS, simply complete and print the form, and send it to the IRS address for your state – postmarked by April 17, 2018. IRS Form 4868: Application for Automatic Extension.