Expat extension filing

Have questions about filing extensions for expats? Look no further. You'll find everything you need to know about extensions and how they affect expats specifically

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Sometimes you just need a little more time

Filing as an expat can be tough. It takes time to gather your tax documents from two or more countries. Plus, the country you’re in may have a tax season with different filing deadlines. If you need to file an extension, it’s important to know the dates and requirements for doing so. Remember, even if you file for an extension, your income tax is still due on the June 15 deadline. An extension only extends the amount of time you have to file your tax return.

Need to request a free extension?

Simply create an online account and send us a message through the Message Center.

Need to request a free extension?

Simply create an online account and send us a message through the Message Center.

Important dates to remember


APRIL 15


Standard filing deadline & when payment is due

OCTOBER 15


Final due date if you requested an extension on time

JUNE 15


Final filing deadline for expats

Important dates to remember


APRIL 15

Standard filing deadline & when payment is due

JUNE 15

Final filing deadline for expats                      

OCTOBER 15

Final due date if you requested an extension on time

Important dates to remember


APRIL 15


Standard filing deadline & when payment is due

OCTOBER 15


Final due date if you requested an extension on time

JUNE 15


Final filing deadline for expats


Frequently asked questions

To request an extension, create an online account and send us a message through the Message Center. Our customer support team will make sure we have all the information we need and will submit your extension request on your behalf to the IRS.

Please note, depending on the time of year and proximity of the U.S. tax deadline, you may be automatically prompted to file an extension request.

After you request your extension, we will file the request to the IRS and they will notify you if your request has been accepted or rejected. If at any time you have questions about the status of your extension request, you can reach out to your customer support team through the Message Center.

Payments are made directly through the IRS website and/or the state where there is a payment due.

If there is a tax liability that may be incurred, payment will be required by April 15 (June 15 for 2020) to avoid interest. It’s important to remember that while your extension will extend your filing deadline, it will not extend your payment on your taxes.

If you do not believe you will be able to get all your U.S. and foreign tax documents together in time for the June 15 deadline (July 15 for 2020), or June 15 deadline for taxpayers living abroad, then yes, you will need an extension to the October 15 deadline. Note that the extension only extends the time to file the return; it does not extend the time to pay any tax due to the IRS.

No, an extension only extends the amount of time you have to file your tax return. Your income tax is still due on July 15, 2020 (typically June 15).

Typically, states will follow the October 15 federal extension, but we advise that you check your state’s website for further information on taxes for expats.

No, our expat tax services will file your extension at no cost.

Interest will continue to accrue until full payment is made. Penalties will depend on your tax situation so it may be advisable to speak with an expat tax advisor.