The U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, better known as Form 1040, is filed by any income taxpayer who are full time resident individuals of the United States. Due to the fact that there are many taxpayers, questions may arise like when and where to file and what happens when they failed to file Form 1040 on time.
Form 1040 is always due by April 15th of the next year. To be precise, the income tax for 2008 is due on April 15, 2009. Paying after this date may cause the taxpayer some interests and penalties. Those serving in the U.S. Armed Forces or those in support of it, are assigned in a designated combat zone or qualified hazardous duty area or any contingency operation may file their taxes later.
For those taxpayers who failed to file their Form 1040 on time, they may get an automatic six months extension he filed Form 4868 no later than the date the tax return is due. This six month extension to file does not extend the time to pay taxes.
U.S. citizens and residents may qualify for an automatic extension to file without filing Form 4868 on the due date of the return, the taxpayer either lives outside the U.S. and Puerto Rico and post of duty or the main place of business is outside the U.S. and Puerto Rico or if the taxpayer is in a military or naval service whose duty is outside the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
Two extra months to file and pay his income tax are given to the taxpayer as a result of this extension. However, interest would still be charged on the unpaid tax from the original date that it should have been filed to the day it was actually filed.
If the taxpayer is still unable to file his return after the 2 month extension, he could still get another four months if he files Form 4868 not later than June 15. This four month extension does not extend the time to pay the tax.
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