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What is Form 7004?
Purpose of the Form
Form 7004 is the form used to file for an automatic extension of time to file your business tax return for a partnership, a multiple member LLC filing as a partnership, a corporation, or s-corporation.
General Instructions
You can file extension for all the below forms electronically with IRS. Use Form 7004 to request an automatic extension of time to file certain business income tax, information and other returns. The extension will be granted if you complete and file the form by the due date of the return to which the Form 7004 applies, and pay any tax that is due.

Automatic 5-month extension: All the returns shown in Part I, line 1a of  Form 7004 are eligible for an automatic 5-month extension of time to file from the due date of the return.

Automatic 6-month extension: All the returns shown in Part II, line 1b of Form 7004 are eligible for an automatic 6-month extension of time to file from the due date of the return.
When To File
Generally, Form 7004 must be filed on or before the due date of the applicable tax return. The due dates of the returns can be found in the instructions for the applicable return.
Exceptions
See the instructions for line 2 for foreign corporations with no office or place of business in the United States. See the instructions for line 4 for foreign and certain domestic corporations and for certain partnerships.
Termination of Extension
The IRS may terminate the automatic extension at any time by mailing a notice of termination to the entity or person that requested the extension. The notice will be mailed at least 10 days before the termination date given in the notice.
Blanket Request
You must file a separate Form 7004 for each return you are requesting an extension for. No Blanket Request will be accepted.
Penalty for late filing of Return
Generally, a penalty is charged if a return is filed after the due date (including extensions) unless you can show reasonable cause for not filing on time.
Penalty for Late payment of Tax
Generally, a penalty of ½ of 1% of any tax not paid by the due date is charged for each month or part of a month that the tax remains unpaid. The penalty cannot exceed 25% of the amount due. The penalty will not be charged if you can show reasonable cause for not paying on time.

If a corporation is granted an extension of time to file a corporation income tax return, it will not be charged a late payment penalty if the tax shown on line 6 (or the amount of tax paid by the regular due date of the return) is at least 90% of the tax shown on the total tax line of your return, and the balance due shown on the return is paid by the extended due date.
PART I AUTOMATIC 5-MONTH EXTENSION
Line 1a
If you are applying for an automatic 5-month tax extension, enter the appropriate Form Code in the boxes on Line 1a to indicate the type of tax return for which you are requesting a tax extension. Enter only one Form Code. If you make a Form Code entry on Line 1a, do not make a Form Code entry on Line 1b (below).
PART II AUTOMATIC 6-MONTH EXTENSION
Line 1b
If you are applying for an automatic 6-month tax extension, enter the appropriate Form Code in the boxes on Line 1b to indicate the type of tax return for which you are requesting a tax extension. Enter only one Form Code. If you make a Form Code entry on Line 1b, do not make a Form Code entry on Line 1a (above).
Line 2
Check the box on Line 2 if you are requesting an extension of time to file for a foreign corporation that does not have an office or place of business located in the United States. The entity should file Tax Form 7004 by the due date of the original return (typically the 15th day of the 6th month following the close of the tax year) to request an automatic 6-month tax extension.
Line 3
[Note: Line 3 is applicable to corporations only.] Only the common parent of a consolidated group can request an extension of time to file the group's consolidated tax return. You must attach a list of all members of the consolidated group showing the name, address, and EIN for each member of the group. If you file a paper return, you must provide this information using the following format: 8.5 x 11, 20 lb. white paper; 12-point font in Courier, Arial, or Times New Roman; black ink; one-sided printing; and at least ½ inch margin. The information must be presented in a two-column format, with the left column containing the affiliates' names and addresses, and the right column containing the TIN with ½ inch between the columns. There should also be two blank lines between the listed affiliates.

Generally, all members of a consolidated group must use the same taxable year as the common parent corporation. If, however, a particular member of a consolidated group is required to file a separate income tax return for a short period and seeks an extension of time to file their return, that member must file a separate Tax Form 7004 for that period. (See Regulations section 1.1502-76 for details.)

[Note: Failure to list all members of the affiliated group on an attachment may result in the group's inability to elect to file a consolidated return. See Regulations sections 301.9100-1 through 301.9100-3 for more details.]
PART III ALL FILERS MUST COMPLETE THIS PART
Line 4. Corporations or Certain Partnerships that Qualify Under Regualtions Section 1.6081-5
Corporations or Certain Partnerships That Qualify Under Regulations Section 1.6081-5 (Exceptions for foreign and certain domestic corporations)
Certain foreign and domestic corporations are entitled to a 3-month extension of time to file and pay under the Regulations Section 1.6081-5. You do not need to file Tax Form 7004 if you are taking this 3-month tax extension. You must file (or request an additional extension of time to file) and pay any balance due by the 15th day of the 6th month following the close of the tax year.

Attach a statement to the corporation's tax return, explaining that the corporation qualifies for a tax extension because it meets one of the following requirements:

It is a foreign corporation that maintains an office or place of business in the United States

It is a domestic corporation that transacts its business and keeps its books and records of account outside the United States and Puerto Rico, or

It is a domestic corporation whose principal income is from sources within the possessions of the United States

If the corporation is unable to file its return within the 3-month tax extension, check Box 4 on Tax Form 7004 to request an additional 3-month tax extension.

Note that there are exceptions for certain partnerships as well. Partnerships that keep their records and books outside the United States and Puerto Rico are entitled to a 2-month extension of time to file and pay, if applicable.

You do not need to file Tax Form 7004 if the partnership is taking the 2-month extension of time to file and pay. Attach a statement to the partnership's tax return declaring that the partnership qualifies for a tax extension. If the partnership is unable to file its return within the 2-month period, check Box 4 on Tax Form 7004 to request an additional tax extension ― up to 3 months for partnerships filing Tax Form 1065, and up to 4 months for partnerships filing Tax Form 1065-B.
Line 5a
If you do not file using a calendar year, complete the lines showing the beginning and ending dates for your tax year.
Line 5b
Check the applicable box for the reason why you are filing a short tax year. To be able to check the box for "Change in accounting period," the entity must have applied for approval to change its tax year, unless certain conditions have been met. For more information, see Tax Form 1128 (Application to Adopt, Change, or Retain a Tax Year) and Publication 538 (Accounting Periods and Methods).
Line 6
Enter the total amount of tax, including any nonrefundable tax credits, the entity expects to owe for the tax year. (See the specific instructions for the applicable tax return to estimate the amount of the tentative tax you will owe. If you expect this amount to be zero, enter -0-.)
Line 7
Enter the total amount of payments and refundable tax credits. (For information about "write-in" payments and credits, see the instructions for the applicable tax return.)
Line 8
Tax Form 7004 does not extend the time you have to pay the tax due. If the entity is a corporation or affiliated group of corporations filing a consolidated return, the corporation must remit the amount of the unpaid tax liability (shown on Line 8) on or before the due date of the return.

 Domestic corporations must deposit all income tax payments by using the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) or with Tax Form 8109 (Federal Tax Deposit Coupon) by the due date of the original return. If you file Tax Form 7004 electronically, you can pay online by Electronic Funds Withdrawal (EFW). See a Tax Form 8878-A (IRS e-file Electronic Funds Withdrawal Authorization) for Form 7004. If the corporation expects to have a net operating loss carryback, the corporation can reduce the amount to be deposited to the extent of the overpayment resulting from the carryback ― provided that all other prior year tax liabilities have been fully paid, and Tax Form 1138 (Extension of Time for Payment of Taxes by a Corporation Expecting a Net Operating Loss Carryback) is filed with Tax Form 7004.

 Foreign corporations that maintain an office or place of business in the United States should pay their tax as described above for domestic corporations. For foreign corporations that do not maintain an office or place of business in the United States and need to make a payment, see the "Note" below.

 A trust (Tax Form 1041), electing large partnership (Tax Form 1065-B), or REMIC (Tax Form 1066) will be granted a tax extension even if it cannot pay the full amount shown on Line 8. However, it should pay as much as it can to limit the amount of penalties and interest it will owe. If the trust, electing large partnership, or REMIC needs to make a payment, see the “Note” below.

 If you are requesting an extension of time to file Tax Form 1042, see the deposit rules in the Instructions for the form to determine how payment must be made.