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Get a 6-Month Filing Extension with IRS Form 8868

The Exempt Organization Tax Extension Form 8868 is used for Charities, Non-Profits and Tax Exempt Organizations appealing for an automatic 6-Month filing extension time to file their tax exempt return. With Tax2efile, you can simply E-file and submit your 990-N extension Form 8868 within minutes.

If you are a trustee of a trust, you need to file a Form 1041-A or a Form 5227. You can use the Form 8868 to get an extension for those tax returns. If the completed Form 8868 is submitted properly, the IRS grants an automatic 6-Month extension.

  • Starting in the 2016 tax year, the IRS has combined 3-Month Automatic and Not-Automatic Extensions into a Single 6-Month Automatic Extension Form 8868.
  • The Form 8868 cannot be used to extend the due date of the Form 990-N. An organization is allowed only an extension of 6 Months for a tax return of the tax year.
When to File Form 8868?

A tax filer needs to E-file and submit the Form 8868 to the IRS by its May 15th deadline. All extension forms are due by the due date of the return for which the tax filer is requesting the extension.

How to E-file Form 8868?
  • Create an account for FREE and log into the dashboard.
  • Enter your Organization’s Information such as the Organization’s Name, EIN/SSN and Address.
  • Select the type of Form 990-N you are applying 8868 extension for.
  • Select your organization’s tax year period.
  • Review your application and fix any errors.
  • Pay and submit to the IRS.
Where to File Form 8868?

E-filing is always the best way to file your IRS Form 8868. It is simple, secure and quick. You can E-file your Form 8868 with us through Tax2efile.

If you are not filing electronically, send application through paper filing to below address:

Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service Center
Ogden, UT 84201-0045

Late Payment Penalty or Interest

If the IRS approves your extension and you receive confirmation but have not filed your return for 3 years during the approved extension period, your exempt status will be revoked. For more information please visit

NOTE: The IRS allows 6-Month filing extensions for any tax exempt organization during the tax year.

Still Have Questions?

Form 8868 is used by tax-exempt organizations to request a 6-month extension to file their tax return.

The deadline to file form 8868 is the 15th day of the 5th month after the ending month of your organization’s accounting period. Please refer to the IRS link to see the exact date https://www.irs.gov/charities-non-profits/return-due-dates-for-exempt-organizations-annual-return.

The tax period beginning date and ending date of your organization should be on the first letter that the IRS sent you. If you no longer have access to the letter, please contact the IRS at 877-829-5500

The IRS does not ask for an explanation on why form 8868 is being filed.

No, the IRS will have the acceptance of the 8868 forms on record and will not be required to have the form attached with any initial tax return.

Tax2efile sends an e-mail confirmation when the form has been submitted. Tax2efile will also send an e-mail with any status updates on the form that was submitted.

Tax2efile does not do corrections or amendments for form 8868. If you would like to make any changes to the extension, please contact the IRS at 877-829-5500.

Tax2efile will allow you to file your Form 8868 and will transmit the form over to the IRS however, your form will get rejected due to late filling.

Form 8868 provides a 6-month extension to file an organization’s tax return.

No, Form 8868 does not support form 990-N.

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