Tax Extension: How to Get More Time to File Your Tax Return

If you can't finish your federal tax return by Tax Day, you can get more time by filing a tax extension.

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As "Tax Day" approaches each year, you might start to panic if you haven't filed your federal income tax return yet (the last day to file a 2023 federal income tax return is April 15, 2024, for most people). 

But don't worry if you can't file your tax return before the deadline. Getting a tax filing extension that pushes your filing deadline back six months is easy. And you don't even need to explain why you need more time. All you have to do is follow a few simple steps.

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Rocky Mengle

Rocky Mengle was a Senior Tax Editor for Kiplinger from October 2018 to January 2023 with more than 20 years of experience covering federal and state tax developments. Before coming to Kiplinger, Rocky worked for Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting, and Kleinrock Publishing, where he provided breaking news and guidance for CPAs, tax attorneys, and other tax professionals. He has also been quoted as an expert by USA Today, Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, Reuters, Accounting Today, and other media outlets. Rocky holds a law degree from the University of Connecticut and a B.A. in History from Salisbury University.