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Tax extension deadline looms

Taxpayers who requested the automatic four-month extension to file their taxes are rubbing up against an Aug. 15 deadline. But they can get another two months if they need it, said Internal Revenue Service Spokesman Mark Green.

Taxpayers with extenuating circumstances or hardships should file Form 2688, an application for extension of time to file. The extension is not automatic. But if the request is approved, taxpayers will have until Oct. 17 to file their return.

Applicants must supply an explanation for their request, which only applies to the deadline for filing, not to time paying taxes owed.

The form can be filed electronically or through mail.

IRS e-file and the free file program, the partnership between the IRS and a consortium of tax software providers, will be available through Oct. 17. Free File provides free software and e-filing for qualified taxpayers.

For more information, the IRS can be reached at 1-800-829-1040.

- From Staff Reports