Are you looking for the tax deadlines to files your corporate, LLC, Subchapter-S or personal tax returns? Well, each have different due dates and corporations have a different tax deadline than individuals. March 15 is the deadline by which most corporations must submit their corporate tax returns — at least for corporations whose tax period is a calendar year. For corporations that use a fiscal year — that is, a tax period other than the calendar year — tax returns are due on the 15th day of the 3rd month after the end of the corporation’s tax year. By this date, corporations must submit IRS Form 1120 or 1120A, or for S corporations, Form 1120S, or request an automatic 6-month extension of time to file (IRS Form 7004).
The normal deadline for filing your annual personal tax return is April 15 and that date does not change unless the 15 falls on a Sunday. If April 15 falls on a Sunday than the filing date falls on the following Monday. However, the Internal Revenue Service today opened the 2011 tax filing season by announcing that taxpayers have until April 18 to file their 2010 tax returns. The IRS reminded taxpayers impacted by recent tax law changes that using e-file is the best way to ensure accurate tax returns and get faster refunds. Taxpayers will have until Monday, April 18 to file their 2010 tax returns and pay any tax due because Emancipation Day, a holiday observed in the District of Columbia, falls this year on Friday, April 15. By law, District of Columbia holidays impact tax deadlines in the same way that federal holidays do; therefore, all taxpayers will have three extra days to file this year. Taxpayers requesting an extension will have until Oct. 17 to file their 2010 tax returns. There are millions of people across the country each year that wait until the last possible minute to file their taxes so if this sounds like you, you are not alone. There are ways to obtain an extension from the IRS, which have become increasingly easier over the years. If you need to obtain an extension from the IRS, all you need to do is fill out Form 4868 and wait for a reply from the government. If you are approved for an extension you will receive a 6 month extension to file your taxes. So, if you didn’t file by the 15 of April, you now have until the 15 of October to file your annual income tax return with the IRS. There is one catch with obtaining an extension and it is extremely important. Receiving an extension to file taxes with the IRS does not also mean that you do not have to pay your taxes for another six months. Even if an extension is granted you must find out how much you owe the government and send the payment to the IRS by the 15 of April.
Some of the most critical tax deadlines are as follows:
Employers, businesses, banks, and other financial institutions are preparing various tax documents to mail out to you.
January 14, 2011
First day that the IRS will accept electronically filed tax returns. However, many taxpayers will need to wait to file their returns (whether e-file or by mail) due to last-minute legislative changes.
January 15, 2011
Deadline to pay your fourth quarter estimated tax payment. However, you can skip this estimated payment without penalty if you file your return and pay your balance in full by January 31, 2011.
January 31, 2011
Deadline for employers to mail out Form W-2 and for businesses to furnish Form 1099 statements reporting, among other things, non-employee compensation, bank interest, dividends, and distributions from a retirement plan.
Deadline for self-employed individuals to file and to pay their tax and avoid an penalty for not making your 4th quarter estimated tax payment.
February 16, 2011
Deadline for employees who claim exemption from withholding to file a new Form W-4 with their employers.
Deadline for financial institutions to mail out Form 1099-B, relating to sales of stock, bonds or mutual funds through a brokerage account, and Form 1099-S, relating to real estate transactions.
March 1, 2011
Deadline for farmers and fishermen who have a balance due on their taxes to file their individual tax return and pay the balance due without incurring any late payment penalties. For more details, see the Farmer’s Tax Guide (Publication 225, especially chapter 15
March 15, 2011
Deadline for corporate tax returns (Forms 1120, 1120A, and 1120S), or to request automatic 6-month extension of time to file (Form 7004).
Final deadline to file an amended corporate tax return (Form 1120X) for tax year 2007 and still claim a tax refund.
April 18, 2011
Deadline to file individual tax returns (Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ) or to request an Automatic Extension (Form 4868). An extension provides an extra six months to file your return. Payment of the tax is still due by April 18th. You can submit payment for tax along with the extension form.
Last day to make a retroactive contribution to traditional IRA, Roth IRA, Health Savings Account, SEP-IRA or solo 401(k) for the 2010 tax year. (However, if you get an extension, you will have until October 17th to fund a SEP-IRA or solo 401(k).)
1st quarter estimated tax payments due for the 2011 tax year.
Final deadline to file an original tax return (Form 1040) for tax year 2007 and still claim a tax refund.
Final deadline to file amended tax return (Form 1040X) for tax year 2007 and still claim a tax refund. (Be sure to mail the amended return well before April 17th to make sure your tax refund will be processed in a timely manner. And be sure to obtain proof of mailing, such as a certified mail receipt.)
Deadline to file estate income tax or trust income tax returns (Form 1041) or to request an automatic 5-month extension of time to file (Form 7004).
Deadline to file partnership tax returns (Form 1065) or to request an automatic 5-month extension of time to file (Form 7004).
Final deadline for estates, trusts, or partnerships to file an amended tax return and still claim a tax refund for the year 2007.
May 16, 2011
Deadline for non-profit organizations to file information returns (Form 990), or request an extension (Form 8868).
June 15, 2011
2nd quarter estimated tax payments due for 2011 tax year.
Deadline for US citizens living abroad to file individual tax returns and to pay any tax due. You can request an additional 4-month extension (Form 4868). (Tip: you can request an automatic extension by April 15th instead if you want to.) I provide useful information for claiming the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion and the Foreign Tax Credit, two tax breaks essential for Americans working abroad.
June 30, 2011
Deadline to file TD F 90-22.1 Report of Foreign Bank Accounts for the year 2010. This report is required if you have over $10,000 (in aggregate) held in foreign bank accounts.
September 15, 2011
3rd quarter estimated tax payments due for 2011 tax year.
Final deadline to file corporate tax returns if an extension was requested. (Forms 1120, 1120A, 1120S).
Final deadline to file trust income tax returns (Form 1041) if an extension was requested.
Final deadline to file partnership tax returns (Form 1065) if an extension was requested.
October 3, 2011
Final deadline for self-employed persons or employers to establish a SIMPLE IRA for the year 2011.
October 17, 2011
Final deadline to file individual tax returns (with extension).
Last day the IRS will accept an electronically filed tax return for 2010. If filing after October 17th, you’ll need to mail in your tax return for processing.
Final deadline to fund a SEP-IRA or solo 401(k) for tax year 2010 if you requested an automatic extension of time to file.
Start planning any year-end tax moves
December 1, 2011
If you are covered by an HSA-compatible health insurance policy as of December 1st, you’ll be eligible to contribute the full amount to a Health Savings Account for the year.
December 31, 2011
Last day to make any tax moves for the year 2011. Last day to set up a solo 401(k) for self-employed persons.
Marital status on this date determines your marital status for the whole year.