Chasing the June 16th Tax Deadline
Generally speaking, U.S. taxpayers who live abroad qualify for an automatic two-month extension to file (not pay) their 2013 federal income tax returns.
That means that those returns are due in just a few days, on Monday, June 16, 2014 (there’s an extra day to file since June 15 falls on a Sunday).
Note that you must pay what you owe as of the original due date of your return. However, if you qualify for the automatic 2-month extension, penalties for paying late are assessed from the extended due date of the payment (June 16) but interest may still apply.
To claim the two-month extension, attach a statement to your tax return explaining which of these two situations applies to you as of the due date of your return:
1. You are a U.S. citizen or resident alien living outside of the United States and Puerto Rico and your main place of business or post of duty is outside of the United States and Puerto Rico;
2. You are a U.S. citizen or resident alien in military or naval services on duty outside of the United States and Puerto Rico.
If you can’t meet the June 16 deadline, you can request an extension to file with form 4868 to extend until October 15, 2014. Note that’s a total extension of six months (two months + four months), not an additional six months.
If you need more time, there are limited exceptions for extending beyond the October 15, 2014.