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General Instructions

Maine Revenue Services will allow you an automatic six-month extension of time in which to file your state return. Requests for additional time beyond the automatic six-month extension to file must be submitted in writing prior to the expiration of the six-month period. Generally, the total extension period cannot exceed eight months. The automatic extension is only effective if the return is filed within the six-month period.

A penalty for failure to file will not be assessed if you file your return by the extended due date. However, to avoid penalties for late payment, you must pay at least 90% of the tax you owe by the original return due date. Please remit your estimated tax payment with the extension payment voucher. Interest will be charged on any unpaid tax balance remaining after the original return due date regardless of any extensions to file.

Pay your taxes online using Maine EZ Pay. Do not send form 1040EXT-PV if paying online.

You can also pay online at Official Payments Corporation. Visa, MasterCard, Discover Network, and American Express credit and debit cards, and other forms of payment, such as Bill Me Later® are accepted. To make a debit card payment you can use a MasterCard or Visa Debit Card or any debit card with Nyce, Pulse or Star logos. Do not send form 1040EXT-PV if paying online.

There is a convenience fee for this service which is paid directly to the company. The amount of the fee is based on the amount of your payment.

Pay your taxes by phone by calling Official Payments toll-free at 1-800-272-9829. This automated service is available 24 hours, 7 days a week. At the end of your call you will be given a confirmation number. Save this as proof of payment for your records.

There is a convenience fee for this service which is paid directly to the company. The amount of the fee is based on the amount of your payment.

Along with the extension payment voucher, send a check or money order in the amount of the estimated tax due made payable to Treasurer, State of Maine. Do not staple or tape payment to your form. Mail original form to:
Maine Revenue Services
PO Box 9101
Augusta, ME 04332-9101

Those who do not pay at least 90% of their current year tax liability on or before April 15, 2015 will be charged interest on the unpaid balance and a late payment penalty. Those who do not file for an extension, or file late are also charged a substantial late filing penalty.

  • Interest will be assessed at a rate of 8% per year from April 15, 2015 until the date of payment. Interest accrues regardless of an approved extension request.
  • An additional late payment penalty will be assessed at a rate of 1% per month on the total tax due, up to a maximum of 25% if not paid by April 15, 2015.

If a return is filed late without an approved extension, a late filing penalty of $25 or 10% of the total tax due, whichever is greater, is assessed. If the return is not filed upon a demand from Maine Revenue Services a penalty of 100% of the total tax may be assessed.

If you are expecting a refund from Maine, there is nothing to be filed at this time, an extension is automatically granted until October 15, 2015 for the filing of your 2014 tax return.

For more information, visit Maine Revenue Services