Automatic Extension to File Taxes – 2019 Tax Help

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The Internal Revenue System estimates that close to 15 million taxpayers will file taxes after April 15th. Many of them will qualify for the extension by filing a form, but there is another group of taxpayers who qualify for extension without having to request it.

  • So, who are the taxpayers with the automatic extension to file after the tax deadline?
    Taxpayers residing abroad – if you live and work outside the U.S. you have additional two months to file taxes. The exact date this year is June 17th.
  • Taxpayers in combat zones – extension to file is at least 180 days after leaving the combat zone. As of the latest Publication, these are the current combat zones:
    • The Afghanistan area.
    • The Kosovo area.
    • The Arabian Peninsula.
    • Sinai Peninsula – this is a qualified hazardous duty area treated as a combat zone.
  • Taxpayers in military service, not in the combat zone –the same extension applies to the servicemen on duty outside the U.S. and Puerto Rico as to taxpayers residing abroad – June 17th.
  • Victims of federally declared disasters – taxpayers with addresses registered with the IRS under certain natural disasters are granted an automatic extension to file tax returns and make corresponding payments; in the event that a late penalty or interest was charged for filing after April 15th despite being granted an extension, taxpayer should call the number on the IRS notice to have the fees abated; here is the list of the current natural disaster and a corresponding tax filing deadline:
    • Earthquake in Alaska on 11/30/18 – 4/30/19.
    • Tornados and storms in Alabama on 3/19/19 – 7/31/19.
    • California wildfires on 11/8/18 – 4/30/19.
    • Flooding in Nebraska on 3/9/19 – 7/31/19.
    • Flooding and storms in Iowa on 3/12/19 – 7/31/19.

Taxpayers who qualify for any of those extension have to indicate on the tax form, which one applies to them.

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