Weekend download: How to apply for a tax deadline extension

For those who want to maintain social distancing guidelines, options are available to file taxes online.
1:40 | 07/12/20

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Transcript for Weekend download: How to apply for a tax deadline extension
Welcome back to "Gma." The irs granted Americans three extra months to fill out their tax returns because of the pandemic, but that deadline is now looming. ABC's Deirdre Bolton with advice if you need more time. Reporter: As the tax filing deadline approaches, safety is front and center. All of the h&r block offices are following social distancing protocols and deep cleaning. People can feel safe going into the office. But if they don't there's the ability to do it virtually. Reporter: If you need more time, you can file for an extension and your new filing date is October 15th, but there are steep penalties if you forget to request an extension before Wednesday. The failure to file penalty is ten times higher than the failure to pay penalty. Reporter: Here are three ways to extend -- go to www.irs.gov and click on the tab that says file for an extension. Download form 4868 and mail it to the irs before midnight on call your tax preparer and ask him or her to file an extension for you. With millions of people out of work some may need that extra time. If you're having difficulty paying, the irs will work with taxpayers who are going through a difficult financial situation. Reporter: There are some bright spots -- Lot of people who haven't yet filed are in fact getting refunds. Another extra bonus this year -- the irs is giving you interest on those refunds. If you are due a refund and can if file electronically do that, because you'll get refunds within weeks versus months if you do it by paper. Deirdre, thank you so much.

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