Due Date for S Corporation Tax Return

The due date for S corporation tax returns vary. Tax return due dates depend on the business entity filing them as well as what kind of tax is being filed.

An S corporation is expected to report its income and losses of its individual shareholder's tax returns. The shareholders are responsible for covering tax on it.

This kind of corporation also is required to annually file an informational and an additional variety of IRS forms relating to other taxes it does not include in the amount that it pays to employees.

Federal Taxes

Although not required to pay federal taxes, S corporations still must file federal tax returns. The form to be filled out is Form 1120-S, and must also be given to every shareholder indicating their share of the company's profit, losses, and deductions to be made known on their own income tax return. This form must be filed no later than the 15th of the third month following the tax year of the S corporation. A six-month delay of time to file by filing IRS Form 7004 can be obtained if a corporation fails to file by March 15th.

Despite S Corporations not being required to pay federal taxes, state taxes may still be due. This depends on the state location the S corporation is situated in.

Payroll Taxes

The corporation is accountable for reporting to the IRS what amount it owes in unemployment taxes on Form 940, and its submission date is Jan. 31 of each year. If the corporation covers the amount of the tax owed promptly, however, the IRS permits it to file no later than Feb. 10.

Forms 940 and 941 are utilized by S corporations to report their employment taxes and are expected every three months.

If it is past the deadline when Form 941 is filed by a corporation, and it has a remaining tax balance as well, a penalty of 5 percent could be added to the amount for each month or part of the month that it is late. This can be up to a 25 percent maximum. Comparable penalties apply to filing If Form 940 is filed after its due date similar penalties apply.

S corporations are allowed to also make payments using bank wire transfers on the same day. Another option is the S corporation having its tax professional or payroll service make payments for it. Tax professionals, payroll services, and banks may impose fees for these services.

Each activity, item, and service involves a unique tax reporting period as well as a different tax form.

For example, using Form 730 wages are reported on a monthly basis, while reported quarterly are items such as communication, fuel, air transportation, foreign insurance, coal manufacturing, ship passengers and excise taxes are disclosed quarterly on Form 720.

How to File

The Electronic Federal Tax Payment System is preferred by the IRS in receiving federal tax payments. This system does not issue fees of any kind.

If it is a holiday or weekend the tax return due date falls on the date is moved to the first following work day; for example, if May 15 is on Sunday, the due date is Monday, May 16.

C Corporation Tax Returns become Effective with the 2016 tax year (filing in 2017). New deadlines exist for filing corporate tax returns on Form 1120, and this depends on the corporation's tax year.

Partnership Tax Returns begin with 2016 tax returns and will continue on in future. These returns are filed on Form 1065 by the 15th of the third month after the tax year end date. A deadline met earlier allows partners an opportunity to receive Schedule K-1's prior to when the personal tax return is due.

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