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2. How do I file for an extension?
If you are unable to file an estate tax return within nine months of the date of death, Maine law allows an automatic six-month extension of time to file. If you are making an estimated payment prior to filing a return, send a copy of the federal Form 4768 with the payment.
A request for an extension in addition to the automatic six-month period must be submitted in writing prior to the expiration of the automatic six-month extension period. Generally, the total extension period cannot exceed eight months.
CAUTION: An extension to file the Maine estate tax return is not an extension for the payment of tax. If the estate owes tax, a payment of at least 90% of the amount due must be paid by the original due date for filing the return in order to avoid a failure to pay penalty. Interest is charged on any tax paid after the original due date of the return.
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