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Tax Deadline Reminders for Business Owners

With the end of 2019 quickly approaching, there is still some time left to implement some quick tax savings strategies. There are a few weeks left for your tax accountant to review your financials and give you some recommendations as to what may be done before the end of the year. Contributions to IRA’s, paying for or purchasing items needed in 2020 and even paying yourself an end of the year bonus are just a few strategies that there may still be time left to implement to help you reduce your business tax burden. You can also review with your CPA if your business may qualify for the 20% Business Tax- exclusion or QBI (Qualified Business Income deduction). This business deduction allows for 20% of net income to be excluded- but qualifications vary greatly depending on service industries. Contact BakkenCPA to see if you may qualify for this business income deduction.

Important Tax Deadlines

January 1, 2020

New IRS W-4 Forms are required for all new employees and current employees who wish to adjust withholdings. More information about the new W-4 Forms and why it is important to review your withholdings is available on our latest weekly tax tip.

January 31, 2020

Deadline to send out Form W-2 to your employees, and to file the documents with the IRS. Make sure you understand the difference between employees and independent contractors from the IRS’s point of view.
You’ll need to submit copies of employee W-2s to the IRS.  Reference this 1099 vs. W-2 calculator.

Deadline to send out 1099 forms to sub contractors. The deadline for filing 1099s electronically is March 31st.

February 28, 2020

Deadline for businesses to file information returns with the IRS that report on 1099s issued for 2019. Companies use IRS Form 1096 (Annual Summary and Transmittal of US Information Returns) for this filing. *If you file electronically the deadline is April 1, 2020.

March 15, 2020

S-Corp tax return deadline (using Form 1102-S) and for partnerships (using Form 1065). *You can file for a 6-month extension on either return, but your tax liability is still due on March 15th even if you file an extension. ALL SEP IRA CONTRIBUTIONS MUST ALSO BE PAID PRIOR TO FILING YOUR TAX RETURNS.

April 1, 2020

Deadline for filing 1099s electronically is April 1st. If you don’t file electronically, the deadline is February 29th (see above)..

April 15th, 2020

Deadline for corporate tax returns, using Form 1120.
If you must make 2020 estimated tax payments for your business, payment for the 1st quarter of 2020 is due on April 15th, 2019.

April 15th, 2020

Deadline for Individual tax returns and pay any remaining tax liability by this date. You can request more time to file your tax return by completing IRS Form 4868, but your tax liability is still due by April 15th. Almost everyone is required to file a personal tax return using Form 1040, and this includes business owners who run a pass-through business structure. The income produced by your corporation, partnership, or other business entity may generate income that is posted to your personal tax return. ALL INDIVIDUAL IRA CONTRIBUTIONS MUST BE PAID PRIOR TO FILING.