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Don’t Forget to File your State Income Tax Extension

by My Journey to Millions

Filing your Federal Income Tax Extension is easy and should be free, but I haven’t seen much about filing your state income tax extension, or if there are other state forms you may need.  So I researched where to find each State’s tax forms.

Where to go for Each State’s Income Tax Extension Form?

While most States have an income tax, there are some that do not.  Regardless each link below will provide you with your State’s Tax forms.

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Financial Samurai 04/14/2010 - 9:40 am

Eh, why are people filing a state extension in the first place? I think that would be fascinating discussion to have.

Mike 04/14/2010 - 10:41 am

My taxes were done long ago, but I am filing extensions on behalf of my father-in-law who has been in the hospital.

Thanks for the reminder Evan…I almost forgot all about the State!

Evan 04/14/2010 - 11:40 am

Glad I am helping someone out there!

Evan 04/14/2010 - 10:01 am

I didn’t file any extensions this year, but why would filing a State Extension be any different than filing a federal? or are you not into that either?

Kevin M 04/14/2010 - 11:30 am

For most states, unless you owe tax, the federal extension is accepted. Or the state is automatically extended if no tax is due.

I know NC requires an extension form even if you file a federal and no state tax is due, but off the top of my head I can’t think of any others.

How long did it take you to look all those up, Evan? Try this too: https://www.sisterstates.com/

Evan 04/14/2010 - 11:42 am

I know NY requires its own paperwork also so I figured most states did – thanks for the insight though. Each of those links gets you to that state’s tax forms so if you don’t see it there, you probably don’t need it lol.

It didn’t take that long since I found a similar site to the one you posted, but tested each link. It took more time to transfer over the code.

Financial Samurai 04/14/2010 - 3:22 pm

My curiosity is whether people are so bad in planning their finances, that they need more than 3 months to do their taxes? What are the reasons for extending…. Federal or State… I don’t understand.

Evan 04/14/2010 - 3:36 pm

If I had to venture a guess it would be:
1) Irresponsibility

2) There professional life is complicated

3) They know they owe, but don’t have the cash to pay for it right now (I think this probably ties in with 1 and 2).

The people that I know who extend meet one of these.

Craig Ford 04/14/2010 - 10:14 pm

I filed for an extension and none of the three you mentioned applied to me.

Two factors – first I live overseas. While I automatically get an extra 2 month extension I know I will need more time because some of my tax documents are still being sent to me (slow mail). In addition, someone made an error on a 1099 and we are still trying to get that fixed.

Evan 04/14/2010 - 11:08 pm

Someone else’s irresponsibility then caused it lol. How did they mess up your 1099? I’d love to hear about your tax experiences while half way across the world.

Financial Samurai 04/15/2010 - 12:08 am

Donno why anybody would need to file an extension. Isn’t 3 months long enough from Jan 1st to figure out how to do one’s taxes?

Kevin M 04/15/2010 - 12:00 pm

FS – I’m a CPA, here are some reasons I can think of:

1) we have been getting corrected 1099s as late as early April – all depends on what investments people are in.

2) There is also the matter of partnership and trusts who don’t have to have their K-1s out until 4/15. (If you don’t know what a K-1 is, Google it 🙂

3) I have a client that files in about 25 states, it is impractical to try to rush through and get it all done by 4/15.

4) A friend of mine donated money to a charity and is getting a state tax credit for it. The state requires the credit documentation to be attached to the return, but he hasn’t received it back from that government agency yet, so we can’t file.

Granted, some people it is laziness, but there are many valid reasons for filing extensions. Not everyone just has a W-2 and bank interest.

Financial Samurai 04/15/2010 - 8:18 pm

Good points Kevin. I know all about K-1’s.. have multiple private equity investments, but they are all sent in by March, so have had no worries.

Filing in 25 states.. wow, must be a rich client nomad!


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