Tax Day seems to be suddenly staring you in the face.
You’ve known for a while that it’s been coming, but it still takes you by surprise.
If you can’t seem to track down the documentation that you need, or if you are uncertain that you will be able to file by Tax Day (April 17 in 2012), you may want to file for an extension.
Just about anyone can file for an extension using Form 4868. You can even file this form electronically. It’s convenient, and you get an extra six months to prepare your tax return.
However, it is important to note that it’s not as simple as filing some paperwork.