Individual taxpayers who filed Form 4868 to request a six-month extension to file their 2012 tax returns should be cognizant of the fast-approaching October 15, 2013 final deadline to timely file these extended tax returns. This is also the last day the IRS will accept an electronically filed tax return for the year 2012.
The deadline equally applies to the extended 2012 tax returns for the taxpayers who reside in the United States and outside of the United States. It also applies to the filing of any required information tax returns such as Forms 3520, 8865, 5471, et cetera. Particular attention should be paid to Forms 8938 (the new forms created by the IRS in 2011 as a result of FATCA).
While this is not true in every situation, generally, the taxpayers who are in the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program should nevertheless attempt to file their extended 2012 tax returns timely.
Moreover, October 15, 2013, is the final deadline to fund a SEP-IRA or solo 401(k) for tax year 2012 if the taxpayer requested an automatic extension of time to file.
This essay is provided as a courtesy notice by Sherayzen Law Office, PLLC, a Minnesota international tax law firm for businesses and individuals; the essay does not constitute a legal or tax advice on your particular situation.