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General Instructions

The Oregon Department of Revenue accepts a valid federal extension or Oregon’s Form 40-EXT when applying for an automatic six-month extension. If you file a federal extension, be sure to check the “extension filed†box on your Oregon return when you file it. You don’t need to attach a copy of your extension to your return. If you received a federal automatic six-month extension (Form 4868), do not use Oregon Form 40-EXT unless you owe Oregon tax for 2014.

Complete Oregon Form 40-EXT only if you:

  • Owe Oregon tax for 2014, cannot file your 2014 Oregon return by April 15, 2015, and will be making a payment; or
  • Are filing an extension for Oregon only.

An extension to file your return is not an extension of time to pay your taxes.

If you owe taxes, you must pay at least 90% of your total tax liability by April 15, 2015 to avoid penalties and interest. The 2015 interest rate is 5%.

Find out if you owe using Oregon’s “How much do I owe†website. Registration is required. You can also use the worksheet on Form 40-EXT Complete the tax payment worksheet below to determine if you owe Oregon tax for 2014.

Pay your taxes online at Oregon Department of Revenue: Electronic Services. You may pay directly from your checking or savings account, or by credit/debit card. There is no fee when paying with your checking or savings account.

You can also pay your taxes 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. If you choose this payment method, be sure to keep the confirmation number 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.

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 form, send a check or money order in the amount of the estimated tax due made payable to Oregon Department of Revenue. Write your daytime phone number and “2013 40-EXT†on your payment. Use only blue or black ball point ink. Do not postdate your check. Detach Form 40-EXT and mail by April 15, 2015. If you are paying by credit card or electronic payment from your checking or savings account, complete Form 40-EXT and writer either “credit card payment†or “electronic payment†directly above the payment amount box. Detach and mail Form 40-EXT by April 15, 2015. Mail to:
Extension Clerk
Oregon Department of Revenue
PO Box 14950
Salem, OR 97309-0950

You must pay at least 90% of your total tax liability by April 15, 2015. If you don’t, a 5% late payment penalty may be added to your tax due. If you don’t file your return within three months after the return’s due date, including extensions, a 20% late filing penalty may be added. You will owe interest on the unpaid tax from April 15, 2015 until the date you pay it in full.

If you do not owe Oregon tax for 2014 but need more time to file your Oregon return and you don’t have a federal extension, you don’t need to complete Form 40-EXT. You have three years from the original due date of April 15, 2015 to file your return and claim a refund. There is no late filing penalty for a refund return. However, if there is a possibility you could owe Oregon tax for 2014, complete Form 40-EXT as a precaution against a late filing penalty.

For more information, visit The Oregon Department of Revenue.