OGDEN -- The Internal Revenue Service is reminding taxpayers that there are quick and easy solutions available if they can't file their returns or pay their taxes on time.
Tax filing extensions are available to taxpayers needing more time to finish their returns, said Bill Brunson, IRS spokesman.
This is an extension of time to file and not an extension of time to pay, Brunson said.
Taxpayers having trouble paying what they owe may qualify for payment plans and other relief, he said.
Taxpayers will avoid stiff penalties if they file either a regular income tax return or a request for a tax-filing extension by the April 15 deadline. Taxpayers should file even if they can't pay the full amount due.
People who haven't finished filling out their return can get an automatic six-month extension. The fastest and easiest way to get the extra time is through the "Free File" link on IRS.gov, Brunson said.
Anyone, regardless of income, can use this service to electronically request an automatic tax-filing extension on Form 4868. Filling out the form gives taxpayers until Oct. 15 to file a return. To get the extension, taxpayers must estimate their tax liability on the form and pay any amount due.