The Internal Revenue Service has begun to urge taxpayers who need additional time to complete their tax return to submit their request for an automatic extension electronically by April 17.

The automatic extension will give taxpayers until Oct. 15 to file the tax return -- though it does not give taxpayers an extension of time to pay. Those who owe taxes can make a payment when they file the extension, either by mailing a check or by several electronic payment methods.

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