Washington (Aug. 1, 2003) -- The Internal Revenue Service says that more than 8.5 million taxpayers are facing an August 15 filing deadline.

The taxpayers, who requested an extension by filing Form 4868 by April 15, must file their returns by August 15 to avoid the late filing penalty, which is 5 percent per month of the unpaid tax. Help may be available, however, for people who cannot file by August 15.

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