How do I file a tax extension with the IRS for my personal tax return?
Once you file Form 4868 electronically, you will receive an automatic extension of time to file your individual income tax return. IRS extension Form 4868 can be used to apply for an additional six months to file any of the following IRS Forms: 1040, 1040A, 1040-EZ, 1040NR,1040NR-EZ, 1040-PR, or 1040-SS. So what to do after you file Form 4868 electronically.What To Do After You File Form 4868 Electronically?If you use ExpressExtension to file tax extension Form 4868 online, you will receive a confirmation email within 48 hours of submitting. You will also be given the opportunity to pay any taxes due by the original IRS deadline.State Income Tax Extension RequirementsAfter you file tax extension Form 4868, you will need to consider filing a tax extension for your state. State tax extensions vary from state to state, so it is important to check with the IRS before the original deadline.If your state requires a separate tax extension application, you will need to contact your state's tax authorities. Merely call the service number and ask the agent what form is required and when the form must be submitted.Income Tax Payment DeadlineThe automatic six-month tax extension allows you to file your income tax form after the original deadline. However, IRS extension Form 4868 will not extend the time to pay any taxes you may owe. This means if you do not pay your tax balance by April 17, 2018, income tax filing deadline you will be hit with penalties and interest.If you are unable to pay the full amount, it is recommended to give as much as possible. Your penalties and interest amount will be based on the amount you owe and how long it is unpaid. Late payments are 0.5% of the outstanding tax balancer per month. However, this amount will be capped at 25% of the overdue tax.File Tax Extension On TimeTypically, the deadline for filing your federal income taxes is April 15. However, April 15, 2018, falls on a Sunday, and some areas recognize Monday as a holiday. So the tax deadline for filing federal income taxes is Tuesday, April 17, 2018.If your six-month IRS extension is approved, you will have until October 15, 2018, to file your required forms.Reasons for Rejection: Tax Extension Form 2017Even if you file before the deadline, some IRS extension requests may be rejected for the following reasons:MisspellingsIncorrect informationOut-of-date informationInformation does not match address or name in IRS recordsIf you would like to read the full article click here
I'm trying to fill out a free fillable tax form. It won't let me click "done with this form" or "efile" which?
From https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-utl/... (emphasis mine):DONE WITH THIS FORM — Select this button to save and close the form you are currently viewing and return to your 1040 form. This button is disabled when you are in your 1040 formSo, it appears, and without them mentioning it while you're working on it, that button is for all forms except 1040. Thank you to the other response to this question. I would never have thought of just clicking the Step 2 tab.
How can I fill out an IRS form 8379?
Form 8379, the Injured Spouse declaration, is used to ensure that a spouse’s share of a refund from a joint tax return is not used by the IRS as an offset to pay a tax obligation of the other spouse.Before you file this, make sure that you know the difference between this and the Innocent Spouse declaration, Form 8857. You use Form 8379 when your spouse owes money for a legally enforeceable tax debt (such as a student loan which is in default) for which you are not jointly liable. You use Form 8857 when you want to be released from tax liability for an understatement of tax that resulted from actions taken by your spouse of which you had no knowledge, and had no reason to know.As the other answers have specified, you follow the Instructions for Form 8379 (11/2016) on the IRS Web site to actually fill it out.
If the IRS knows how much money we owe, why do we need to fill out returns?
Because the IRS doesn't know how much money you owe. They know approximately what you made, and they know a little bit about some of your deductions, but they don't know whether and to what extent you are entitled to additional deductions or credits, or whether and to what extent you earned money from transactions not reported to the IRS. Even on the transactions that were reported to the IRS, the IRS doesn't always know how much of that income is actually taxable - or at what rate.
Which IRS forms do US expats need to fill out?
That would depend on their personal situation, but should they actually have a full financial life in another country including investments, pensions, mortgages, insurance policies, a small business, multiple bank accounts…The reporting alone can be bankrupting, and that is before you get on to actual taxes that are punitive toward foreign finances owned by a US citizen and god help you if you make mistake because penalties appear designed to bankrupt you.US citizens globally are renouncing citizenship for good reason.This is extracted from a letter sent by the James Bopp law firm to Chairman Mark Meadows of the subcommittee of government operations regarding the difficulty faced by US citizens who try to live else where.“ FATCA is forcing Americans abroad into a set of circumstances where they must renounce their U.S. citizenship to survive.For example, suppose you have a married couple living in Washington DC. One works as a lobbyist for an NGO and has a defined benefits pensions. The other is self employed in a lobby firm, working under an LLC. According to the IRS filing requirements, it would take about 15 hours and $280 to complete their yearly filings. Should they under report income, any penalties would be a percentage of their unreported tax burden. The worst case is a 20% civil fraud penalty.Compare the same couple with one different fact. They moved to Australia because the NGO reassigned the wife to Sydney. The husband, likewise, moves his business overseas. They open a bank account, contribute to the mandatory Australian retirement fund, purchase a house with a mortgage and get a life insurance policy on both of them.These are now their new filing requirements:• Form 8938• Form 3520-A• Form 3520• Form 5471 (to be filed by the husbands new Australian corporation where he is self employed)• Form 720 Excise Tax.• FinCEN Form 114The burden that was 15 hours now goes up to• 57.2 hours for Form 720,• 54.20 hours for Form 3520,• 61.22 Hours for Form 3520-A.• 50 hours estimate for Form 5471For a total of 226.99 hours (according to the IRS’s own time estimates) not including time to file the FBAR.The penalties for innocent misfiling or non filings for the above foreign reporting forms for the couple are up to $50,000, per year. It is likely that the foreign income exclusion and foreign tax credit will negate any actual tax due to the IRS. So each year, there is a lurking $50,000 penalty for getting something technically wrong on a form, yet there would be no additional tax due to the US treasury.”
For taxes, does one have to fill out a federal IRS form and a state IRS form?
No, taxes are handled separately between state and federal governments in the United States.The IRS (Internal Revenue Service) is a federal, not state agency.You will be required to fill out the the necessary tax documentation for your federal income annually and submit them to the IRS by April 15th of that year. You can receive extensions for this, but you have to apply for those extensions.As far as state taxes go, 41 states require you to fill out an income tax return annually. They can either mail you those forms or they be downloaded from online. They are also available for free at various locations around the state.Nine states have no tax on personal income, so there is no need to fill out a state tax return unless you are a business owner.Reference:www.irs.gov
When dissolving an LLC do you need to fill out IRS Form 966?
The answer will be yes or no depending on how your entity is recognized for tax purposes. An LLC is not a recognized entity by the IRS. By default, a single-member LLC is organized for tax purposes as a sole proprietorship and a partnership for tax purposes if there is more than one member. However, you can make an election to be taxed as a C Corporation (i.e., an LLC for legal purposes that is taxed as a C Corporation for tax purposes).You must complete and file form 966 to dissolve your LLC if you have elected to be a C Corporation or a Cooperative (Coop) for tax purposes. S Corporations and tax-exempt non-profits are exempt from filing this form (see here).If you are organized for tax purposes as an S Corporation you would file your taxes via form 1120S for the last time and check the box indicating that your return is a “Final Return.” Same is true for a Partnership, but with form 1065.On a state and local level, best practice is to check with your state and local agencies for requirements.For digestible information and tools for understanding how the tax landscape affects your business, visit Financial Telepathy