This change will be effective for extension requests for tax returns due on or after January 1, 2009, and applies to entities that file the following returns and forms that have a tax year ending on or after September 30, 2008:
• Form 1065, U.S. Return of Partnership Income
• Form 1041, U.S. Income Tax Return for Estates & Trusts
• Form 8804, Annual Return for Partnership Withholding Tax (Section 1446)
The final and temporary regulations finalize the simplified procedures for obtaining an automatic extension of time to file returns, doing away with the requirements for a signature and an explanation of the need for an extension of time to file. They also complete the elimination of Form 2688, Application for Additional Extension of Time to File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, granting individual taxpayers an automatic six-month extension with their filing of Form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File a U.S. Individual Income Tax Return.
Thanks to Bob Keebler, CPA for this news.