What is a Form 8868?

E-file your return 8868 with Tax2efile for a more accurate process! Form 8868 is a tax extension form for tax-exempt organizations; used to request an additional 6-month extension to file an organization's tax return. Beginning in 2016, the IRS combined automatic 3-month extensions and non-automatic into one 6-month automatic extension form.

Form 8868 cannot be used to extend the deadline for Form 990-N. Organizations are only entitled to a 6-month extension to file tax returns for the tax year. Form 8868 must be filed by the organization's income tax filing deadline.

The IRS charges a late fee if organizations do not file their tax returns. This fee will increase each month after the due date. Penalties can start from 0.5% and go up to 25% of the amount owed. However, if the taxpayer provides a valid reason for not filing on time, the IRS may impose a penalty.

Check the 8868 deadline page for exact filing deadlines

Note: The IRS recommends that non-profits and tax-exempt organizations use Form 8868 for E-filing for faster and more accurate processing.

Who Needs to File Form 8868?

Automatic extension return can be filed by charities, non-profit groups, and other tax-exempt organizations that need time to file their information return with the IRS. Also, the trustee of a trust who is required to file Form 1041-A or Form 5227 can use Form 8868 to request an extension of time to file their information returns.

When is the Deadline to file IRS Form 8868?

The deadline to file Form 8868 is May 15th, if you are following a Fiscal Tax Year, then the deadline is the 15th Day of the 5th Month after your tax year ends. Submit your query, if no response is received within 24 business hours, please e-mail our Customer Support team at support@tax2efile.com or call us at (703) 229-0326.

Note: If the due date/deadline falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or federal holiday, the filer will need to E-file on the next business day.

How to fill out a tax extension Form 8868?

  • Create your free account
  • Enter the Organization details such as name, EIN, Address
  • Choose the extension type
  • Enter the tax details such as tax payments if filing for Forms 990-BL, 990-PF, 990-T, 4720, or 6069

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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 .

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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