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2024 Tax Filing Deadlines and Extensions: Stay on Top of Your Taxes

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Planning for the new tax season is upon us, especially now that 2024 is just right around the corner.

December 14, 2023
Author: NCH

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Although tax preparation is an annual task, most people still struggle to track their deadlines. So, to help you avoid last-minute submissions, we’ve created a list of all the important dates you need to remember.

In this blog, we’ve created a comprehensive guide on the 2024 tax filing deadlines. Our guide will explore the different timetables for individual filers and businesses. 

Join us as we discuss how you can file your taxes ahead of time and what you need to do to extend your filing deadlines

2024 Tax Filing Deadlines For Individuals & Businesses

Individual filers and businesses have different deadlines. If you’re a regular employee or an independent contractor, here are the dates you must remember for the coming tax season:

  • January 16, 2024 – Deadline for 4th Quarter 2023 Estimated Tax Payments: Individuals who make quarterly estimated tax payments must make their final quarterly contribution for the 2023 tax year on January 16. 
  • Early 2024 – 2023 Tax Season Begins: The IRS will start accepting and processing federal tax returns for the 2023 tax year. 
  • January 31, 2024 – Deadline For Employers to Submit W-2 Forms: The IRS requires all employers to send their employees their W-2 forms no later than January 31 after the end of the tax year. 
  • January 31, 2024 – Deadline For Submission of 1099 Forms: Independent contractors or self-employed individuals must report any income they receive from interests, dividends, or royalties on a 1099 form. They must submit these forms on January 31, but if the date falls on a weekend or a holiday, the deadline will be moved to the following business day. 
  • February 15, 2024 – Deadline For Reclaiming Exemptions From Tax Withholding: Individuals who want to claim an exemption in their tax withholding from their employers for the previous tax year must file a Form W-4 on February 15. 
  • April 1, 2024 – Deadline For Individuals Who Turned 73 to Take Required Minimum Distributions: According to the SECURE Act 2.0 of 2022, individuals who turned 73 this year have until April 1, 2024, to get their Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) from their retirement accounts.
  • April 15, 2024 – Tax Filing Deadline: April 15 is the annual tax deadline for individual filers. However, the date could be moved if it falls on a weekend or holiday. 
  • April 15, 2024 – Deadline For Submission of IRA & HSA Contributions for the 2023 Tax Year: Individual income tax return filers should also make their final contributions to their IRAs or HSAs for the 2023 tax year on April 15. Any contributions for the previous tax year made after this date will no longer be accepted. 
  • April 15, 2024 – Deadline For The First 2024 Quarterly Estimated Tax Payment
  • June 17, 2024 – Deadline For The Second 2023 Quarterly Estimated Tax Payment
  • September 16, 2024 – Deadline For The 2024 Third Quarterly Estimated Tax Payment
  • December 31, 2024 – Deadline For Individuals Who Turned 73 to Take Required Minimum Distributions: Those who took their first RMD on April 1 also have to get their 2024 RMD by the end of the year. 
  • January 15, 2025 – Deadline For The 2024 Fourth Quarterly Estimated Tax Payment

For businesses, their tax filing deadlines vary depending on their registered entity. 

  • January 15, 2024 – Deadline For The 2023 4th Quarterly Estimated Tax Payment: Businesses should make their final quarterly estimated tax payment for the 2023 tax year on this date. 
  • Early 2024 – Beginning of The 2023 Tax Season
  • January 31, 2024 – Deadline For Employers to Submit W-2 Forms to Employees
  • January 31, 2024 – Deadline For 1099 Forms
  • March 15, 2024 – Tax Filing Deadline For Partnerships, Multi-member LLCs, and S-Corporations: Businesses established as partnerships, multi-member LLCs, and S-corps who follow a calendar year business must file their Form 1065 or 1120S by this date. However, if they use a fiscal year, they must file their tax returns by the 15th day of the third month after the end of the 2023 year. For instance, if your LLC’s tax year is from April 1 to March 31, your deadline will be June 15 instead of March 15.
  • April 15, 2024 – Tax Filing Deadline For C-Corporations: Calendar-year businesses established as C-corporations must file their Form 1120s by April 15. On the other hand, corporations that use a fiscal year must submit their tax filings on the 15th day of the third month following the end of their tax year. 
  • April 15, 2024 – Deadline For The First 2024 Quarterly Estimated Tax Payment
  • June 17, 2024 – Deadline For The Second 2023 Quarterly Estimated Tax Payment
  • September 16, 2024 – Deadline For The 2024 Third Quarterly Estimated Tax Payment
  • January 15, 2025 – Deadline For The 2024 Fourth Quarterly Estimated Tax Payment

How to Extend Your Filing Deadline For Business Tax Returns

If you need more time to complete your paperwork for your tax returns, you can get a tax extension from the IRS for free.

Here’s what you need to do to request a tax extension:

Find Your Form

The first step to getting a tax extension is determining which form to use. There are two types of tax extension forms: the Form 4868 and the Form 7004

Form 4868 is for individual filers and businesses like sole proprietorships and single-member LLCs. On the other hand, Form 7004 is for corporations, multi-member LLCs, and other types of businesses.  

Submit Your Request Before The Deadline

Once you figure out which tax extension form to use, you must submit it on or before your original tax filing deadline. For example, if your initial tax day is April 15, 2024, you must file your request on or before that date. 

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Once the IRS grants you an extension, you have at least six months to submit your tax returns. Here are the filing deadlines for extended 2023 tax returns

  • October 15, 2024 – Deadline For Individual 2023 Tax Returns
  • September 16, 2024 – Deadline For Partnerships & Sole Proprietorship 2023 Tax Returns
  • October 15, 2024 – Deadline For C-corporation 2023 Tax Return

It’s worth noting that you can only file for an extension once. The IRS will no longer allow you to get additional extensions beyond your first request. You must file your returns before your new deadline ends or face penalties for late filings. 

Stay on Top of Your Taxes

In conclusion, knowing your deadlines is vital to a stress-free tax season. By taking the time to mark important dates, you can establish a proactive approach to managing your tax liabilities. 

This simple yet effective approach will help you keep your finances organized and prevent you from overlooking any requirement. 

If you need assistance with your tax prep, look no further than NCH. NCH’s tax experts will guide you through your filings, ensuring they’re filed accurately and on time. More importantly, they’ll teach you how to maximize your tax credits and deductions.

With our team’s help, you can say goodbye to late penalties and hello to more tax savings. Start your tax prep today and contact NCH. 

To learn more about our services, you can visit our website here or call us at 1-800-508-1729.

Disclaimer: The above material has been prepared for informational purposes only, containing opinions of the provider, and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, tax, legal or accounting advice. Please consider consulting tax, legal, and accounting advisors before engaging in any transaction.

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