Summary Box: Getting an extension to file taxes

AP News
Posted: Apr 12, 2013 6:49 PM

NOT TOO LATE: Taxpayers who are not going to make the Monday, 11:59 p.m. EDT deadline to file their federal tax return need not panic. The IRS will give until Oct. 15 to file if you ask for an extension by midnight Monday.

EXTENSION TIME: To request the extension, fill out IRS Form 4868, which is available on the IRS website, through most tax preparation software, as well as in public libraries and post offices.

TAX BILL: If you owe income taxes, you must pay them by the Monday deadline. An extension won't help you avoid interest and other fees.