The IRS does not expect to have its computer reprogrammed for the AMT patch until after February 11, 2008. If you file using Form 8863, Education Credits; Form 5965, Residential Energy Credits; Form 8396, Mortgage Interest Credit; Form 8859, District of Columbia First-Time Homebuyer Credit; or Schedule 2, Child and Dependent Care Expenses for Form 1040A Filers the IRS will delay inputting your tax return.
If you attempt to electronically file a tax return with any of these five forms, you will be given an electronic message (hopefully) that your return has not been filed. It is up to you to re-file it later when the IRS computer is working.
The deadline for all individuals remains April 15, 2008. Remember, though, that individuals may request an automatic six-month extension to file. It’s very common for taxpayers with investments and business to file extensions, so it won’t impact them as much as it will individual taxpayers who are strictly W-2 employees.