How to Request a 6-month Extension with ExpressTaxExempt

Learn how to request a 6-month extension by filing Form 8868 with ExpressTaxExempt.

Requesting a 6-month extension with ExpressTaxExempt

Are you behind on your filing this year? Don’t worry, ExpressTaxExempt’s got you covered! Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about Extension Form 8868!

What is form 8868?

The IRS allows organizations in need of an extension to file Form 8868. Filers do not have to provide a reason for needing the extension. Filing this form will grant you an automatic 6-month extension on your 990 series form.

How can I file Form 8868?

ExpressTaxExempt supports the filing of 8868 for all offered 990 series forms. Additionally, we offer package pricing for anyone who needs to file a 990 series return eventually. You can pay in advance for your 990 series form and get Form 8868 for free

To e-file Form 8868, follow these steps.

  1. Go to your account dashboard and click “start return”
  2. Next, click “start new forms.” Choose “tax extension” and then “Form  8868.”
  3. Enter your organization’s name, address, and EIN.
  4. Under Form 8868, click “start now.”
  5. Choose the type of form for which you’re applying for an extension.
  6. Choose your tax year and provide signing authority details.
  7. Review your form for errors.
  8. Pay and submit.

Which forms can be extended?

The IRS doesn’t require an explanation when filing Form 8868, and it can be used to extend most 990 series forms. You can file for an extension for the following forms:

  • Form 990
  • Form 990-EZ
  • Form 990-T
  • Form 990-PF
  • Form 990-BL (filing not supported by ExpressTaxExempt)
  • Form 4720 (filing not supported by ExpressTaxExempt)
  • Form 1041-A (filing not supported by ExpressTaxExempt)
  • Form 5227 (filing not supported by ExpressTaxExempt)
  • Form 6069 (filing not supported by ExpressTaxExempt)
  • Form 8870 (filing not supported by ExpressTaxExempt)

Form 8868 is not applicable to Form 990-N.

When should I file Form 8868?

You can file Form 8868 at any point before the due date of your original nonprofit tax form for which you need an extension. 

If you’re filing for an extension on Form 990, 990-EZ, or 990-PF, you’ll have to file before the 15th day of the 5th month after your tax period has ended. You can determine your original form’s due date here.  

How long will it take to get approved?

When you e-file your form, it will be reviewed for basic errors and transmitted. You will receive your filing status instantly, and ExpressTaxExempt will email you the status of your form once we receive word from the IRS.

The IRS recommends that you file electronically, but if you choose not to, you will have to mail your form to the IRS and wait on your approval.

If you need more time to complete your organization’s tax-exempt return for any reason, you can file Form 8868 today with ExpressTaxExempt!

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