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Federal Due Dates by Month

  • IMPORTANT FEDERAL TAX DEADLINES FOR EVERY MONTH
  • There are hundreds of different tax deadlines that you may need to know about. Luckily, TaxLeaf will remind you about the most important ones.

 

    • January 2021

January 1

Everyone
Federal Holiday (New Year’s Day)

 

January 11

Employees who work for tips
If you received $20 or more in tips during December, report them to your employer

 

January 15

Individuals
Make a payment of your estimated tax for 2020 if you did not pay your income tax for the year through withholding (or did not pay in enough tax that way). Use Form 1040-ES

Farmers & fishermen
Pay your estimated tax for 2020 using Form 1040-ES

 

January 18

Everyone
Federal Holiday (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)

 

January 31

All Employers
Give your employees their copies of Form W2 for 2020. If an employee agreed to receive Form W2 electronically, have it posted on a website and notify the employee of the posting.

Individuals who must make estimated tax payments
If you did not pay your last installment of estimated tax by January 15, you may choose (but are not required) to file your income tax return (Form 1040) for 2020 by January 31. Filing your return and paying any tax due by January 31 prevents any penalty for late payment of the last installment. If you cannot file and pay your tax by January 31, file and pay your tax by April 15.

Payers of gambling winnings
If you either paid reportable gambling winnings or withheld income tax from gambling winnings, give the winners their copies of Form W2G.

All businesses
Give annual information statements to recipients of certain payments you made during 2020

 

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    • February 2021

February 1

All businesses
Give annual information statements to recipients of certain payments you made during 2020

 

February 10

Employees who work for tips
If you received $20 or more in tips during January, report them to your employer

 

February 15

Individuals
If you claimed exemption from income tax withholding last year on the Form W-4, you must file a new Form W-4 by this date to continue your exemption for another year

Everyone
Federal Holiday (Washington’s Birthday)

 

February 28

All businesses
File information returns (for example, Forms 1099) for certain payments you made during 2020.

All employers
File Form W3, Transmittal of Wage and Tax Statements, along with Copy A of all the Forms W2 you issued for 2020. If you file Forms W2 electronically, your due date for filing them with the SSA will be extended to March 31. The due date for giving the recipient these forms remains January 31.

 

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    • March 2021

March 2

Farmers & fishermen
File your 2020 income tax return (Form 1040) and pay any tax due

 

March 10

Employees who work for tips
If you received $20 or more in tips during February, report them to your employer

 

March 15

S Corporation election
File Form 2553, Election by a Small Business Corporation, to elect to be treated as an S corporation beginning with calendar year 2021. If Form 2553 is filed late, S corporation treatment will begin with calendar year 2022.

Partnerships
File a 2020 calendar year return (Form 1065)

 

March 16

S Corporations
File a 2020 calendar year income tax return (Form 1120S) and pay any tax due

 

March 31

Electronic filing of Forms W2
File copies of all the Forms W2 you issued for 2020. This due date applies only if you electronically file.

Electronic filing of Forms W2G
File copies of all the Forms W2G you issued for 2020. This due date applies only if you electronically file.

Electronic filing of Forms 8027
File Forms 8027 for 2020. This due date applies only if you electronically file.

 

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    • April 2021

April 12

Employees who work for tips
If you received $20 or more in tips during March, report them to your employer. You can use Form 4070.

 

April 15

Corporations
File a 2020 calendar year income tax return (Form 1120) and pay any tax due.

Individuals
If you are not paying your 2021 income tax through withholding (or will not pay in enough tax during the year that way), pay the first installment of your 2021 estimated tax. Use Form 1040ES.

Household Employers
If you paid cash wages of $2,200 or more in 2020 to a household employee, you must file Schedule H

Corporations
Deposit the first installment of estimated income tax for 2020

 

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    • May 2021

May 10

Employees who work for tips
If you received $20 or more in tips during April, report them to your employer

 

May 17

Individuals
File a 2020 income tax return (Form 1040) and pay any tax due. If you want an automatic extension of time to file the return, file Form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time To File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return. For more information, see Form 4868. Then, file Form 1040 by October 15.

 

May 31

Everyone
Federal Holiday (Memorial Day)

 

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    • June 2021

June 10

Employees who work for tips
If you received $20 or more in tips during May, report them to your employer

 

June 15

Individuals
Make a payment of your 2021 estimated tax if you are not paying your income tax for the year through withholding (or will not pay in enough tax that way). Use Form 1040-ES. This is the second installment

Corporations
Deposit the second installment of estimated income tax for 2021

Individuals
If you are a U.S. citizen or resident alien living and working (or on military duty) outside the United States and Puerto Rico, file Form 1040 and pay any tax, interest, and penalties due. If you want additional time to file your return, file Form 4868 to obtain 3 additional months to file

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    • July 2021

July 5

Everyone
Federal Holiday (Independence Day)

 

July 12

Employees who work for tips
If you received $20 or more in tips during June, report them to your employer

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    • August 2021

August 10

Employees who work for tips
If you received $20 or more in tips during July, report them to your employer

 

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    • September 2021

September 6

Everyone
Federal Holiday (Labor Day)

 

September 10

Employees who work for tips
If you received $20 or more in tips during August, report them to your employer

 

September 15

Individuals
Make a payment of your 2021 estimated tax if you are not paying your income tax for the year through withholding (or will not pay in enough tax that way). Use Form 1040-ES. This is the third installment

S Corporations
File a 2020 calendar year income tax return (Form 1120S) and pay any tax due. This due date applies only if you timely requested an automatic extension

Partnerships
File a 2020 calendar year return (Form 1065). This due date applies only if you were given an additional extension

Corporations
Deposit the third installment of estimated income tax for 2021

 

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    • October 2021

October 11

Everyone
Federal Holiday (Columbus Day)

 

October 12

Employees who work for tips
If you received $20 or more in tips during September, report them to your employer

 

October 15

Individuals
If you have an automatic extension to file your income tax return for 2020, file Form 1040 and pay any tax, interest, and penalties due

 

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    • November 2021

November 10

Employees who work for tips
If you received $20 or more in tips during October, report them to your employer

 

November 11

Everyone
Federal Holiday(Veterans Day)

 

November 25

Everyone
Federal Holiday(Thanksgiving Day)

 

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    • December 2021

December 10

Employees who work for tips
If you received $20 or more in tips during November, report them to your employer

 

December 15

Corporations
Deposit the fourth installment of estimated income tax for 2021

 

December 24

Everyone
Federal Holiday (Christmas Day)

 

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