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Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Treasury.


Notice and request for comments.


The Department of the Treasury, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). Currently, the IRS is soliciting comments concerning an existing final regulation, IA-41-93, (TD 8703), Automatic Extension of Time to File Partnership return of Income, Trust Income Tax Return, and U.S. Real Estate Mortgage Investment Conduit Income Tax Return (§ 1.6081-4).


Written comments should be received on or before February 5, 2002, to be assured of consideration.


Direct all written comments to George Freeland, Internal Revenue Service, room 5575, 1111 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20224.

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Requests for additional information or copies of this regulation should be directed to Allan Hopkins, (202) 622-6665, Internal Revenue Service, room 5244, 1111 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20224.

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Title: Automatic Extension of Time for Filing Individual Income Tax Returns; Automatic Extension of Time To File Partnership Return of Income, Trust Income Tax Return, and U.S. Real Estate Mortgage Investment Conduit Income Tax Return.

OMB Number: 1545-1479.

Regulation Project Number: IA-41-93.

Abstract: Internal Revenue Code section 6081(a) provides that the Secretary may grant a reasonable extension of time for filing any return. Start Printed Page 63586Under regulation section 1.6081-4, an individual required to file an income tax return is allowed an automatic 4-month extension of time to file if (a) an application is prepared on Form 4868, Application Extension of Time to File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, or in such other manner as may be prescribed by the Internal Revenue Service, (b) the application is filed on or before the date the return is due, and (c) the application shows the full amount properly estimated as tax.

Current Actions: There is no change to this existing regulation.

Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.

Affected Public: Individuals or households.

The burden for the collection of information is reflected in the burden of Form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File U.S. Individual Tax Return.

The following paragraph applies to all of the collections of information covered by this notice:

An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless the collection of information displays a valid OMB control number. Books or records relating to a collection of information must be retained as long as their contents may become material in the administration of any internal revenue law. Generally, tax returns and tax return information are confidential, as required by 26 U.S.C. 6103.

Request for Comments: Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will become a matter of public record. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology; and (e) estimates of capital or start-up costs and costs of operation, maintenance, and purchase of services to provide information.

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Approved: November 28, 2001.

George Freeland,

IRS Reports Clearance Officer.

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[FR Doc. 01-30378 Filed 12-6-01; 8:45 am]