Taxpayer Extension Date

Most taxpayers filed their tax year 2002 Federal Income Tax Returns before April 15. But for more than 128,000 Alabama taxpayers the deadline is next month if they opted for the automatic extension of time to file by completing Form 4868.

The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers with extensions to file their returns by Aug. 15 to avoid the late filing penalty.

Taxpayers with special circumstances, may request an additional two month extension by completing Form 2688. That will give them until Oct. 15 to file their income tax returns. Form 2688 is available on the IRS Web site, at

The IRS will advise filers in writing whether or not their requests are granted.

Form 2688 can be filed electronically or mailed to the IRS.

Once taxpayers have filed their tax returns, they can use the "Where's My Refund" feature in the IRS Web site to check the status of their refund checks.