How do I File a State Tax Extension?

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  • Written By: N. Madison
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  • Last Modified Date: 24 October 2018
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In the United States, some states impose income taxes while other do not. If you live in a state that does impose a state income tax and you will not be able to meet the filing deadline, you will typically have to file for a state tax extension. In order to do so, you may start off by checking your state’s laws to learn the process for filing for an extension; this is important, as the process and the requirements may differ from place to place. Once you have done this, you may have to file and submit a form to your state tax agency. If you owe taxes, you may also have to pay what you owe or make payment arrangements in order to avoid facing penalties later.

The first step in filing for a state tax exemption may be checking the particular laws in your state. You can typically learn the laws for filing an extension by visiting your state’s department of revenue website. This site will usually provide information about the reasons that are acceptable for filing a state tax extension as well as well as the steps you’ll have to take to complete the process. It may also include details about the financial penalties you may face, such as interest, if you fail to pay by the deadline. Receiving an extension doesn’t necessarily mean you will be given more time to pay.


Often, though not always, there is a form or two to fill out when you want to file for a state tax extension. You may be able to fill out these forms online, though some states may require you to send them through the mail. In most cases, you will need to provide your full name and address as well as other identifying information when you complete these forms. For example, you may need to provide a taxpayer identification number as well. In many states, the forms you complete will require you to indicate your filing status, such as whether you are filing as an individual or completing a joint return.

Typically, you are also expected to figure out your tax liability when you file for a state tax extension. Usually, you can use your state’s tax table to figure this out. You will typically have to remit the amount due before the filing deadline to avoid financial penalties. Some states may accept less than the full amount due, however.



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