Form 7004 is the form used to file for an automatic extension of time to file your business tax return for a partnership, a multiple member LLC filing as a partnership, a corporation, or s-corporation. You must file this extension by the due date of your business tax return. This is an automatic extension, so you don’t have to worry about your extension being approved.
Taxes must be paid by due date
The IRS says, “Form 7004 does not extend the time for payment of tax.” You must pay taxes due (estimated) by your tax return due date, even if you file an extension application. You will need to estimate as best you can because under-estimating can subject your business to fines and penalties.
Due Dates for Returns and Extension Applications
The due date for partnership and multiple-member LLC tax returns has changed, effective with 2016 tax returns and into the future. Partnership tax returns are now due on the 15th day of the third month after the end of your fiscal (financial) year. Since your partnership must end on December 31, the due date is March 15. (The old due date was April 15).
Tax return due dates vary by year. If the due date is on a weekend or holiday, the actual due date for that year is on the next business day. Extension applications for all business taxes must be filed by the tax return due date and taxes must be paid by the due date, even if an extension application is being filed. The taxes due must be estimated and the balance paid at the time the return is filed.
Corporate tax returns: Corporation tax returns are due and taxes are payable on the 15th day of the fourth month after the end of the company’s fiscal (financial) year (effective with 2016 tax returns), on Form 1120. So, a corporation with a year-end date of December 31 must file and pay taxes by April 15.
S corporation tax returns: S corporations must take a December 31 year-end to coincide with the tax return due date of the owners, so S corporation tax returns are due March 15, filed on Form 1120-S.
Partnership tax returns: Business tax returns for partnerships (including multiple-member LLC tax returns, which are considered as corporations) on Form 1065 are due March 15.
When the Extension Expires (and the Return is Due)
Corporations and S corporations have six months from the extension due date to file the tax return. So, a December 31 corporation would have until October 15 to file the appropriate tax return.
Partnerships and multiple-member LLC’s have six months from the extension due date to file the tax return. So, a partnership would have until September 15 to file the partnership tax return.
How to File Form 7004
The IRS introduced electronic filing to file your tax extension Form 7004, you can use http://ExtensionTax and eFile this extension request online. IRS would process and if everything seems to be ok, it accepts and we share you the acknowledgement instantly.
By filing your Tax Extension returns, your return could be processed faster, in no time and an acknowledgement is readily available. Online Tax Extension is smarter, simpler and faster. It is just $9.99 for a single Tax Extension return.