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What If You Cannot File on Time?(p7)


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You can get an automatic 6-month extension if, no later than the date your return is due, you file Form 4868. For details, see Form 4868.
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An automatic 6-month extension to file does not extend the time to pay your tax. See Form 4868.
If you are a U.S. citizen or resident alien, you may qualify for an automatic extension of time to file without filing Form 4868. You qualify if, on the due date of your return, you meet one of the following conditions.
This extension gives you an extra 2 months to file and pay the tax, but interest will be charged from the original due date of the return on any unpaid tax. You must attach a statement to your return showing that you meet the requirements. If you are still unable to file your return by the end of the 2-month period, you can get an additional 4 months if, no later than June 15, 2010, you file Form 4868. This 4-month extension of time to file does not extend the time to pay your tax. See Form 4868.