Ways to File a Form 4868 Extension Online

These options will help you file IRS Form 4868 online for an extension

If you need to file for an extension for your tax return, you can do that quickly online. Below are four free or low-cost services that will help you file IRS Form 4868 that is used to request an extension to give you time to file your annual income tax return.

If you have never filed for an extension or need information like important dates when filing a federal tax return extension, check out How To File an Extension. Remember that the application to extend the filing date for a state return is a separate procedure and can vary from state to state.

Free Federal Extension at IRS.gov

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Cost:  Free.

Description:  You can use the IRS Free File website to find forms and to e-file your application for extension. Free File offers Fillable Forms as an online application that allows you to complete tax forms on the IRS website. IRS form 4868 can be filled out with minimal instruction and then E-filed for free.

You also use the traditional IRS Free File service to prepare and file your Federal extension with IRS. You have to qualify for Free File depending on the tax software provider you choose through the program.

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Use Your Tax Software

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Cost: Free.

Description: The best tax software applications have the ability to help you file for an extension, and most have the option to do so on the first screen you see each time you open the software, or on the website if you're using online tax software. This is a convenient feature because it keeps the record of your extension together with all your other tax data. More

TurboTax Easy Extension


Cost: Free for personal extensions.

Description: TurboTax Easy Extension will take you through the steps to complete an extension for your federal tax return. This online app features TaxCaster to help you estimate the amount of your refund or how much you will owe on your tax return.


  • If you already use TurboTax, you can prepare, print and mail IRS Form 4868 from the software.
  • If you are using TurboTax Online to complete your taxes, be sure to use that same account. Sign in and use Easy Extension to file your extension. This will keep all your tax data together.

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Cost: $29.95 for personal extension, $34.95 for business extension. Includes e-file.

Description: FileLater walks you through completing IRS Form 4868 or Form 7004, depending on whether you need to file a personal or business tax extension. You can check the status of your extension through the website, and if the extension is rejected, FileLater will help you correct any errors and resubmit at no additional charge. FileLater will also let you know if you need to file a state income tax extension as well, with state instructions and forms.

FileLater includes a calculator to help you determine if you will be owing taxes or if you can anticipate a refund. If you owe, you can pay directly from FileLater. Even if you file for an extension, you still have to pay estimated taxes. More