I am trying to e-file, using the FreeFileFillableForms website, an extension request (F.4868). I have no tax due, and expect a couple of thousands in returns once I file the complete F.1040. Yesterday, I filled the online form, I left the bank account details empty (b/c there is no payment made), and filed the extension.
This morning I got a rejection reply from the IRS, due to:
Issue : Business Rule R0000-052-01 - 'TaxYear' specified in the IRS Submission Manifest must match 'TaxYr' in the Return Header.
Obviously, I did not enter any tax year value, as this is generated by the system. Searching for that code, I found a discussion where one mentions that after the first rejection, he filled up the bank info and added a payment.
So, I tried to re-send the extension, this time filling the bank info, but adding 0 payment. About an hour ago, I received another rejection, with the same code.
I went on and added a $1 payment, submitting for the 3rd time.
Unfortunately, it is too late now to send a paper copy of F.4868, as the postmark date will be of Apr. 16th anyway.
Here's the questions:
What is the source for this error and the meaning of the message?
How should I fix it?
If I do not owe tax, should I expect to pay a penalty b/c I did not submit the request on time (assuming my 3rd attempt fails again)?
Update 1: My 3rd attempt, including a $1 payment got rejected once again, with the same error message. My #1 and #2 questions above are still open. Any idea what's wrong?