What does it mean to file an extension?
Filing for extension on a tax return is a common practice used by accountants that gives you additional time to file and to get financial records and tax documents in order. You are still responsible for submitting any payments owed to the government by the tax filing due date, but your tax return can be submitted later. If filing for extension, you must submit the extension by March 15, 2024, and the due date for your 2023 Form 1120-S return will become September 15, 2024.
How do you file for extension?
Heard takes care of this for you! You can file for an extension using Form 7004 (the form and instructions to fill it out are viewable here).
Is it bad that I have to file my taxes on extension?
Not at all! Life happens, especially when you work in an incredibly demanding industry with a fluctuating client schedule. While we encourage you to fill out your Tax Questionnaire as soon as possible so we can get working on your tax return, an extension is put in place to protect your business and help you avoid any fees or penalties from the IRS or your state by March 1, 2024 if you are not tax ready. Filing for extension is a perfectly acceptable practice utilized by many accountants (as well as many of our clients).
This post is to be used for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal, business, or tax advice. Each person should consult his or her own attorney, business advisor, or tax advisor with respect to matters referenced in this post.