Just Getting Back? The IRS Asked Me to Remind You

soldiers-return_789349iI know you just got back, but the IRS still wants to see that tax return.

Taxpayers who were in military or naval service outside the United States or Puerto Rico (sorry, Fort Buchanan) on April 15 receive an automatic extension of two months to file 2012 returns (no extension filing required). However, the deadline for filing that return is now right around the corner.

Since June 15 falls on a Saturday this year, eligible taxpayers will have until June 17 to file. Remember that the IRS will be closed on Friday, June 14 so it will be unable to accept or acknowledge receipt of electronically-filed returns on that day.

The automatic extension also applies to taxpayers who were living outside the U.S. or Puerto Rico on April 15 and also have a primary place of business or workplace outside the U.S. or Puerto Rico (like those guys in the movie Cocktail).

For service members and taxpayers still not ready to file a complete return, filing a Form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time To File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, will give you additional time to empty the shoebox, sort the receipts, and get that return in without penalty.

There, I managed to work the Navy and Tom Cruise into the same post without mentioning that 1980s film about the jets.