5 Tips for Getting an Extension to File Tax Returns

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Tax deadlines can sneak up on many consumers, prompting Scambook, a leader in consumer advocacy, to offer tips about getting a six-month extension from the IRS. Although consumers will still need to pay any money owed, an extension will give them more time to file the tax return paperwork.

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It's easy to go online and get an extension to file your tax return. However, consumers need to be aware of several key points to ensure their financial information is protected and the extension is filed correctly.

Tax deadlines can sneak up on many consumers, prompting Scambook, a leader in consumer advocacy, to offer tips about getting a six-month extension from the IRS. Although consumers will still need to pay any money owed, an extension will give them more time to file the tax return paperwork.

“It's easy to go online and get an extension to file your tax return," says Kase Chong, Scambook’s Director of Marketing. "However, consumers need to be aware of several key points to ensure their financial information is protected and the extension is filed correctly."

Scambook offers the following five tips for applying for a tax return extension:

1.    No Need to Pay Upfront, But Filing is Mandatory: Pay the amount that is affordable as the IRS understands the exact amount due may not have been expected. Bills will then be sent for the remaining amount. The IRS Website allows for easy Online Payment Arrangement at the user’s pace and financial ability.

2.    E-File Extension Requests: E-filing software such as TurboTax can guide consumers through the process of filing for an extension. However, Scambook advises consumers to never file online through an unsecured WiFi network as personal financial information can be stolen by identity thieves.

3.    Authorize an Electronic Withdrawal for Owed Tax Money: Consumers can now authorize the IRS to withdraw money directly from bank accounts by providing the account and routing numbers. Again, this should be done over a secure network protected by a strong password and firewall.

4.    Obtain Tax Forms Online or By Phone: Tax forms are not only available online, but by phone order as well! Visit the IRS’ website or call 1-800-TAX-FORM. It takes 7 to 15 business days for the IRS to process and ship requests.

5.    The Extension Does Not Apply to Payments: Even when receiving an extension to file a tax return, anything owed must be paid by the April 18th deadline. Consumers should be warned that penalties may be charged.

About Scambook

Scambook is an online complaint resolution platform dedicated to obtaining justice for victims of fraud with unprecedented speed and accuracy. By building communities and providing resources on the latest scams, Scambook arms consumers with the up-to-date information they need to stay on top of emerging schemes. Since its inception, Scambook has resolved over $10 million in reported consumer damages. For more information, visit scambook.com.

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