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General Instructions

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue will grant a taxpayer an automatic extension of time for filing a PA tax return if an extension has been granted by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for filing the federal tax return. A copy of the federal extension must accompany your return.

An extension to file your return is not an extension of time to pay your taxes, and avoids a late filing penalty.

If you owe taxes, payment must be made by April 15, 2015. To avoid penalties, Pennsylvania requires that you pay your total tax liability with the filing of your return.

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.

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 PA Department of Revenue. Mail to:
PA Department of Revenue
Bureau of Individual Taxes
PO Box 280504
Harrisburg, PA 17128-0504

In all cases, interest will be charged from the date the tax should have been paid (April 15, 2015) until the date of payment. In addition, the state may assess the following penalties:

  • Late Payment Penalty: Pennsylvania may assess a late payment penalty of 5% if you do not pay the total tax due with the filing of your return.
  • Failure to File Penalty: If you do not file your return by October 15, 2015, you may be assessed an additional penalty of 5% of the unpaid tax per month or fraction thereof up to a maximum of 25%. The minimum penalty is $5.00.

Pennsylvania requires that you request an extension even if you do not owe or are expecting a tax refund.

For more information, visit The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue.