Filing for an Extension is not Without Perils

Yes, the federal income tax filing deadline is slightly later than usual this year — April 18 — but it is now nearly upon us. So, if you have not filed your return yet, you may be thinking about an extension.

Extension deadlines

Filing for an extension allows you to delay filing your return until the applicable extension deadline:

  • Individuals — October 17, 2016
  • Trusts & estates — September 15, 2016

The perils

While filing for an extension can provide relief from April 18 deadline stress, it is important to consider the perils:

  • If you expect to owe tax, keep in mind that, to avoid potential interest & penalties, you still must (with a few exceptions) pay any tax due by April 18
  • If you expect a refund, remember that you are simply extending the amount of time your money is in the government’s pockets rather than your own

A tax-smart move?

Filing for an extension can still be tax-smart if you are missing critical documents or you face unexpected life events that prevent you from devoting sufficient time to your return right now. Please contact us if you need help or have questions about avoiding interest and penalties.

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