Extension of time to file - What if you cannot file on time?
You must get an extension of time to file if you:
- Are required to file (your income is more than your exemptions), and
- You cannot file your tax return by the April 15 due date.
Whether you owe additional tax, are due a refund or are breaking even, you still need to get an extension if filing after April 15.
If you owe
You must file Form IT-9 (Application for Extension of Time to File) and send in a payment of at least 90 percent of the tax you expect to owe. This must be filed and tax paid by April 15, for the extension to be valid.
If you do not owe
You will still need to file for an extension if:
- You are due a refund, or
- You do not expect to owe any tax when filing your tax return, and
- You are unable to file your return by April 15.
There are two ways to accomplish this:
- If you have a valid federal extension, Form 4868, you automatically have an extension with Indiana and do not have to file for a separate state extension (Form IT-9).
- If you do not have a valid federal extension, File Form IT-9 by April 15.
Extension filing deadline.
State Form IT-9 extends your state filing time to June 15. Federal Form 4868 extends your state filing time to Nov. 15. If you have both extensions (state and federal), your state filing time to file is Nov. 15.
Will you owe penalty and/or interest?
Interest is owed on all amounts paid after April 15. Penalty will not be owed if you have:
- Paid 90 percent of the tax you expect to owe by April 15.
- Filed your tax return within the extension filing time, and
- Paid any remaining amount due with that filing.