Tax Dates


Important Tax Deadlines
January 15, 2021
Estimated quarterly payments
Say a final goodbye to 2020. The fourth (and final) estimated quarterly tax payment for the previous tax year is due today.

Note: Individuals, you do not have to file this payment due on January 15, 2021—so long as you file your 2020 tax return by January 31, 2021 and pay the remaining balance owed with your return (see Form 1040-ES for details).

Forms:

Form 1040-ES, Estimated Tax for Individuals

February 1, 2021
Form W-2 filing deadline
If you have employees, you’ll need to fill out two copies of Form W-2 for each one.

One W-2 must be submitted to the IRS. The other must be sent to the employee. The deadline for both is February 1, 2021.

Forms:

Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement

Form 1099-NEC Copy A filing deadline
If you work with independent contractors, the new 1099-NEC form is due February 1, 2021.

Copy A must be filed with the IRS by this date. Copy B must be furnished to the contractor on this date, as well.

Forms:

Form 1099-NEC, Nonemployee Compensation

March 1, 2021
Form 1099-MISC paper filing deadline
Some 1099s will require a 1099-MISC form.

This due date will only be for paper filing. If you file electronically or miss the paper filing deadline, you can file on March 31, 2021.

You must deliver Copy A to the IRS, and Copy B to your recipient.

Forms:

Form 1099-MISC, Miscellaneous Income

March 15, 2021
S corporation and partnership tax returns due
Today is the deadline to file your S corporation tax return (Form 1120-S) or Partnership return (Form 1065).

Note that S corporations and Partnerships do not pay taxes on their income. That tax is paid on the individual incomes of the shareholders or partners, respectively.

March 15 is also the deadline to file for an extension for S corp and partnership tax returns.

Forms:

Form 1120S, Income Tax Return for an S Corporation

Form 1065, US Return of Partnership Income

March 31, 2021
Form 1099-MISC Copy A filing deadline
Some 1099s will require a 1099-MISC form. This includes payments to an individual or LLC of at least $600 during the year in rent paid, legal settlements, or prize or award winnings.

This due date will only be for electronic filing.

You must deliver Copy A to the IRS, and Copy B to your recipient.

Forms:

Form 1099-MISC, Miscellaneous Income

April 15, 2021
Estimated quarterly payments
So it begins. If your business pays taxes on a quarterly basis, the first 2021 estimated quarterly tax payment is due today.

Forms:

Form 1040-ES, Estimated Tax for Individuals (Payment Voucher 1)
Individual tax returns due
Today is the deadline to file Individual tax returns (Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ). If you income is below $66,000 for the tax year, you can e-file for free using IRS Free File. If your income was above that, you can use the IRS’ free, fillable forms.

If you’re a sole proprietor filing Schedule C on your personal tax returns, the April 15, 2021 deadline applies to you too.

July 15 is also the deadline to file for an extension to file your individual tax return.

C corporation tax returns due
Today is the deadline to file C corporation tax returns (Form 1120).

April 15 is also the deadline to file for an extension to file your corporate tax return.

Forms:

Form 1120, U.S. Corporation Income Tax Return

Form 7004, Application for an Automatic Extension of Time

State tax returns
Each state determines their own tax deadlines. To find a list of current state tax deadlines, click here.

June 15, 2021
Estimated quarterly payments
The second 2021 estimated quarterly tax payment is due today.

Forms:

Form 1040-ES, Estimated Tax for Individuals (Payment Voucher 2)

September 15, 2021
Estimated quarterly payments
The third 2021 estimated quarterly tax payment is due today.

If you are an S corporation or partnership that successfully filed for an extension, your tax return is now due.

Forms:

Form 1040-ES, Estimated Tax for Individuals (Payment Voucher 3)

Form 1120S, Income Tax Return for an S Corporation

Form 1065, US Return of Partnership Income

October 15, 2021
If you are a C corporation that filed for an extension, your income tax return is now due.

Forms:

Form 1120, U.S. Corporation Income Tax Return

November 1, 2021
Start making tax moves
End of year tax moves can help grow your business and reduce your taxable income for the calendar year. If you haven’t done so already, now’s the time to plan and take action.

December 1, 2021
Tax moves deadline
Today is the final day to make any tax moves for the 2021 tax year.

Set up a solo 401 (k)
If you are self-employed, today is the deadline to set up a solo 401 (k).

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