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Due Dates

Be aware that, in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the U.S. Treasury and IRS have already postponed several due dates, and they may postpone more. Due to the ongoing changes, many 2020 due dates aren't included here.

March 1

Farmers and fishermen - File Form 1040 and pay any tax due. However, you have until April 15 to file if you paid your previous year estimated tax by January 15 of the current year.

March 2

Employers - Give your employees Forms 1095-B and 1095-C for health care coverage.

March 10

Employees who work for tips - If you received $20 or more in tips during February, report them to your employer. You can use Form 4070 Employee's Report of Tips to Employer.

March 15

Employers - Nonpayroll Withholding. If the monthly deposit rule applies, deposit the tax for payments in February.

Employers - Social Security, Medicare, and withheld income tax. If the monthly deposit rule applies, deposit the tax for payments in February.

S Corporations - File Form 1120S and pay any tax due. Provide each shareholder with a copy of Schedule K-1 (Form 1120S), Shareholder's Share of Income, Credits, Deductions, etc., or a substitute Schedule K-1. If you want an automatic 6-month extension of time to file the return, file Form 7004 and deposit what you estimate you owe.

S Corporation election - File Form 2553, Election by a Small Business Corporation, to choose to be treated as an S Corporation beginning with current calendar year. If Form 2553 is filed late, S treatment will begin with next calendar year.

Partnerships - File a previous calendar year return (Form 1065). Provide each partner with a copy of Schedule K-1 (Form 1065), Partner's Share of Income, Deductions, Credits, etc., or a substitute Schedule K-1. If you want an automatic 6-month extension to file the return and provide Schedule K-1 or a substitute Schedule K-1, file Form 7004. Then file Form 1065 by September 15.

Electing large partnerships - File a previous calendar year return (Form 1065-B). Provide each partner with a copy of Schedule K-1 (Form 1065-B), Partner's Share of Income (Loss) From an Electing Large Partnership. This due date is effective for the first March 15 following the close of the partnership's tax year. If you want an automatic 6-month extension of time to file the return, file Form 7004. Then file Form 1065-B by September 15.

March 31

Electronic filing of Forms 1097, 1098, 1099, 3921, 3922, 1094-B, 1095-B, 1094-C, 1095-C, and W-2G File Forms 1097, 1098, 1099, 3921, 3922, 1094-B, 1095-B, 1094-C, 1095-C, or W-2G with the IRS. This due date applies only if you file electronically (not by magnetic media). Otherwise, see February 28. The due date for giving the recipient these forms will still be January 31. For information about filing Forms 1097, 1098, 1099, 3921, 3922, or W-2G electronically, see Publication 1220, Specifications for Filing Forms 1097, 1098, 1099, 3921, 3922, 5498 and W-2G Magnetically or Electronically.

July 15

Individuals - File a 2019 income tax return (Form 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ, or 709) and pay any tax due. (Postponed from April 15.)

Household employers - If you paid cash wages of $2,000 or more in 2019 to a household employee, file Schedule H (Form 1040) with your income tax return and report any employment taxes. Report any federal unemployment (FUTA) tax on Schedule H if you paid total cash wages of $1,000 or more in any calendar quarter of the previous 2 years to household employees. Also report any income tax you withheld for your household employees. (Postponed from April 15.)

Individuals - If you are not paying your 2020 income tax through withholding (or will not pay in enough tax during the year that way), pay the first installment of your 2020 estimated tax. Use Form 1040-ES. (Postponed from April 15.)

Trusts and Estates - File a previous calendar year income tax return (Form 1041). Provide each beneficiary with a copy of Schedule K-1 (Form 1041), Beneficiary's Share of Income, Deductions, Credits, etc., or a substitute Schedule K-1. (Postponed from April 15.)

Corporations - File Form 1120 or 1120-A and pay any tax due. (Postponed from April 15.)

Corporations - Deposit the first installment of your estimated income tax for 2020. (Postponed from April 15.)

Note: The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides some payroll tax relief for employers. Specifically, it allows employers to delay their payment of the employer share (6.2% of wages) of the Social Security payroll tax. These taxpayers can pay the tax over the next two years, with the first half due by December 31, 2021, and the second half due by December 31, 2022. Self-employed individuals receive similar relief under the law.

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