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Certain tax-related deadlines changing

There are all different sorts of deadlines we face in our lives. For some of these deadlines, there can be very major consequences if we end up missing them. Federal tax deadlines fall into this category. 

If a person fails to file a federal tax return or form they are supposed to submit by the applicable deadline for that return or form, it can lead to them facing serious consequences and actions from the Internal Revenue Service. Thus, it is very important for a person to know what federal tax deadlines apply to them and what the specific dates of these deadlines are. It is also vital for individuals to comply with the tax deadlines that apply to them. 

Recently, changes were made to some federal tax-related deadlines. The changes came from a somewhat unusual source, a short-term highway-funding bill. This bill, while mainly concerned with transportation matters, had some tax provisions connected to it. Late last month, Congress passed the bill and the president signed it into law.

Among the annual federal tax deadlines changed by the bill are the deadlines for:

  • Submitting FinCEN Form 114. April 15th will be the new deadline for such forms.
  • Filing C corporation tax returns. The new deadline the bill sets for filing such returns is the 15th of the fourth month that follows the end of the corporation's fiscal year. 
  • Filing partnership tax returns. For calendar-year partnerships, the new deadline will be March 15. For fiscal-year partnerships, the new deadline will be the 15th of the third month after their fiscal year's end.

When do these new deadlines come into force? In most cases, the new deadlines are effective for tax years coming after Dec 31, 2015. 

If a taxpayer has questions about the tax deadlines that apply to them or is facing a legal problem in relation to a tax deadline (like IRS allegations of missing a deadline) they should consider speaking to a skilled tax lawyer. 

Source: Accounting Today, "Congress Changes Business Tax-Filing Due Dates," Michael Cohn, July 31, 2015

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