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if you click the link to this IRS form:
http://www.irs.gov/app/scripts/retriever.jsp
you are then told to go to w w w d o t i r s d o t g o v to file form 4868 using E-file
When I go to the above website on the left side I see E-file.
I've clicked that and looked around and I am not seeing how to select the form you wish to file online.
Can anyone help?
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form 4868
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Here's info on form 4886:

http://www.irs.gov/formspubs/article/0,,id=98155,00.html

The form itself is a .pdf for download:

http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f4868.pdf

Apparently there is no way to file this 6-month extension of time to file online:

http://www.irs.gov/faqs/faq-kw49.html

"..you can electronically file your return after April 15th. Electronically filed tax returns are accepted until October 15th. However, for your return to be considered timely after April 15, you must file  Form 4868 (PDF), an  Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File, on or before April 15th."
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if you click the link in my question and read that paragraph it says you can file form 4886 online.
I'll just call them or send it in thru the mail.
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by:Daydreams
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Hi nickg5,

When I clicked the link you have all i got was this error:

Your File Request Results
 INFORMATION ABOUT FILE FORMAT DESCRIPTIONS
You selected 0 file(s).

 
You must select a file before we process your request. Please use your back button to select a file and re-submit the form.
 

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http://www.irs.gov/app/scripts/retriever.jsp
try the above...............it is giving me a choice of clicking on a link to the PDF file of that form and there I see the paragraph that says form 4868 can be E-filed.
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it is still not working. you'd have to click forms and pubs on the left side, schroll down to form 4868 in the middle and click on that and then click on the next link to get to the PDF and the E-file part.
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Apparently there seems to be a problem with this particular form, and it may be only available in tax software:

http://grassley.senate.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=PressReleases.View&PressRelease_id=5212

" when the IRS revised Form 4868 for the 2006 filing season, the form removed all references to filing the form using the obsolete TeleFile Program, but failed to instruct taxpayers of the availability of free electronic filing using the Free File Program. Instead, the only references to electronic filing that the form provides are those methods that come at a cost – through the use of tax software packages, tax preparers, or credit card payments. The IRS recently released the Form 4868 for the 2007 filing season and there continues to be no reference to free electronic filing through the Free File Program."

I find only references to the obsolete program online as the senators mentioned in the article above.
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Good luck nickg5. I think it's reprehensible that the IRS teases taxpapers with verbiage about filing this extension online in many of their documents and then does not provide it.
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