December 2017 Individual Due Dates

December 1 - Time for Year-End Tax Planning

December is the month to take final actions that can affect your tax result for 2017. Taxpayers with substantial increases or decreases in income, changes in marital status or dependent status, and those who sold property during 2017 should call for a tax planning consultation appointment.

December 11 - Report Tips to Employer

If you are an employee who works for tips and received more than $20 in tips during November, you are required to report them to your employer on IRS Form 4070 no later than December 11. Your employer is required to withhold FICA taxes and income tax withholding for these tips from your regular wages. If your regular wages are insufficient to cover the FICA and tax withholding, the employer will report the amount of the uncollected withholding in box 12 of your W-2 for the year. You will be required to pay the uncollected withholding when your return for the year is filed.

December 31 - Last Day to Make Mandatory IRA Withdrawals

Last day to withdraw funds from a Traditional IRA Account and avoid a penalty if you turned age 70½ before 2017. If the institution holding your IRA will not be open on December 31, you will need to arrange for withdrawal before that date.

December 31 - Last Day to Pay Deductible Expenses for 2016

Last day to pay deductible expenses for the 2017 return (doesn’t apply to IRA, SEP or Keogh contributions, all of which can be made after December 31, 2017). Taxpayers who are making state estimated payments may find it advantageous to prepay the January state estimated tax payment in December (Please call the office for more information).

December 31 -  Caution! Last Day of the Year

If the actions you wish to take cannot be completed on the 31st or a single day, you should consider taking action earlier than December 31st.

December 2017 Business Due Dates


December 1 - Employers

During December, ask employees whose withholding allowances will be different in 2018 to fill out a new Form W4 or Form W4(SP).

December 15 - Social Security, Medicare and Withheld Income Tax


If the monthly deposit rule applies, deposit the tax for payments in November.

December 15 - Nonpayroll Withholding

If the monthly deposit rule applies, deposit the tax for payments in November.

December 15 - Corporations

The fourth installment of estimated tax for 2017 calendar year corporations is due.

December 31 - Last Day to Set Up a Keogh Account for 2017

If you are self-employed, December 31 is the last day to set up a Keogh Retirement Account if you plan to make a 2017 Contribution. If the institution where you plan to set up the account will not be open for business on the 31st, you will need to establish the plan before the 31st. Note: there are other options such as SEP plans that can be set up after the close of the year. Please call the office to discuss your options.

December 31 - Caution! Last Day of the Year

If the actions you wish to take cannot be completed on the 31st or a single day, you should consider taking action earlier than December 31st.

November 2017 Individual Due Dates

November 10 - Report Tips to Employer

If you are an employee who works for tips and received more than $20 in tips during October, you are required to report them to your employer on IRS Form 4070 no later than November 10. Your employer is required to withhold FICA taxes and income tax withholding for these tips from your regular wages. If your regular wages are insufficient to cover the FICA and tax withholding, the employer will report the amount of the uncollected withholding in box 12 of your W-2 for the year. You will be required to pay the uncollected withholding when your return for the year is filed.

November 2017 Business Due Dates

November 10 - Social Security, Medicare and Withheld Income Tax

File Form 941 for the third quarter of 2017. This due date applies only if you deposited the tax for the quarter in full and on time.

November 15 - Social Security, Medicare and Withheld Income Tax

If the monthly deposit rule applies, deposit the tax for payments in October.

November 15 - Nonpayroll Withholding

If the monthly deposit rule applies, deposit the tax for payments in October.

November 15 - Corporations

File a 2016 calendar year income tax return (Form 1120 or 1120-A) and pay any tax, interest, and penalties due. This due date applies only if you timely requested an automatic 6-month extension.



October 2017 Individual Due Dates

October 10 - Report Tips to Employer

If you are an employee who works for tips and received more than $20 in tips during September, you are required to report them to your employer on IRS Form 4070 no later than October 10. Your employer is required to withhold FICA taxes and income tax withholding for these tips from your regular wages. If your regular wages are insufficient to cover the FICA and tax withholding, the employer will report the amount of the uncollected withholding in box 12 of your W-2 for the year. You will be required to pay the uncollected withholding when your return for the year is filed.

October 16 - Individuals

If you have an automatic 6-month extension to file your income tax return for 2016, file Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ and pay any tax, interest, and penalties due.

October 16 -  SEP IRA & Keogh Contributions

Last day to contribute to SEP or Keogh retirement plan for calendar year 2016 if the tax return is on extension through October 16.

October 2017 Business Due Dates

October 2 -  Fiduciaries of Estates and Trusts

File a 2016 calendar year return (Form 1041). This due date applies only if you were given an extension of 5 ½ months. If applicable, provide each beneficiary with a copy of K-1 (Form 1041) or a substitute Schedule K-1.

October 15 - Taxpayers with Foreign Financial Interests 

If you received a 6-month extension of time to report your foreign financial accounts to the Department of the Treasury, this is the due date for Form FinCEN 114.

October 16 - Social Security, Medicare and withheld income tax

If the monthly deposit rule applies, deposit the tax for payments in September.

October 16 - Nonpayroll Withholding

If the monthly deposit rule applies, deposit the tax for payments in September.

October 31 -  Social Security, Medicare and Withheld Income Tax 

File Form 941 for the third quarter of 2017. Deposit or pay any undeposited tax under the accuracy of deposit rules. If your tax liability is less than $2,500, you can pay it in full with a timely filed return. If you deposited the tax for the quarter in full and on time, you have until November 10 to file the return.

October 31 -  Certain Small Employers

Deposit any undeposited tax if your tax liability is $2,500 or more for 2017 but less than $2,500 for the third quarter.

October 31 -  Federal Unemployment Tax

Deposit the tax owed through September if more than $500.



 




September 2017 Individual Due Dates

September 1 - 2017 Fall and 2018

Tax Planning Contact this office to schedule a consultation appointment.

September 11 - Report Tips to Employer

If you are an employee who works for tips and received more than $20 in tips during August, you are required to report them to your employer on IRS Form 4070 no later than September 11. Your employer is required to withhold FICA taxes and income tax withholding for these tips from your regular wages. If your regular wages are insufficient to cover the FICA and tax withholding, the employer will report the amount of the uncollected withholding in box 12 of your W-2 for the year. You will be required to pay the uncollected withholding when your return for the year is filed.

September 15 - Estimated Tax Payment Due

The third installment of 2017 individual estimated taxes is due. Our tax system is a “pay-as-you-go” system. To facilitate that concept, the government has provided several means of assisting taxpayers in meeting the “pay-as-you-go” requirement. These include:

  • Payroll withholding for employees;
  • Pension withholding for retirees; and 
  • Estimated tax payments for self-employed individuals and those with other sources of income not covered by withholding.

When a taxpayer fails to prepay a safe harbor (minimum) amount, they can be subject to the underpayment penalty. This penalty is equal to the federal short-term rate plus 3 percentage points, and the penalty is computed on a quarter-by-quarter basis.

Federal tax law does provide ways to avoid the underpayment penalty. If the underpayment is less than $1,000 (the de minimis amount), no penalty is assessed. In addition, the law provides "safe harbor" prepayments. There are two safe harbors:

  • The first safe harbor is based on the tax owed in the current year. If your payments equal or exceed 90% of what is owed in the current year, you can escape a penalty.
  • The second safe harbor is based on the tax owed in the immediately preceding tax year. This safe harbor is generally 100% of the prior year’s tax liability. However, for taxpayers whose AGI exceeds $150,000 ($75,000 for married taxpayers filing separately), the prior year’s safe harbor is 110%.

Example: Suppose your tax for the year is $10,000 and your prepayments total $5,600. The result is that you owe an additional $4,400 on your tax return. To find out if you owe a penalty, see if you meet the first safe harbor exception. Since 90% of $10,000 is $9,000, your prepayments fell short of the mark. You can't avoid the penalty under this exception.

However, in the above example, the safe harbor may still apply. Assume your prior year’s tax was $5,000. Since you prepaid $5,600, which is greater than 110% of the prior year’s tax (110% = $5,500), you qualify for this safe harbor and can escape the penalty.

This example underscores the importance of making sure your prepayments are adequate, especially if you have a large increase in income. This is common when there is a large gain from the sale of stocks, sale of property, when large bonuses are paid, when a taxpayer retires, etc. Timely payment of each required estimated tax installment is also a requirement to meet the safe harbor exception to the penalty. If you have questions regarding your safe harbor estimates, please call this office as soon as possible.

CAUTION: Some state de minimis amounts and safe harbor estimate rules are different than those for the Federal estimates. Please call this office for particular state safe harbor rules.



September 2017 Business Due Dates


September 15 - S Corporations

File a 2016 calendar year income tax return (Form 1120S) and pay any tax due. This due date applies only if you requested an automatic 6-month extension.

September 15 - Corporations

Deposit the third installment of estimated income tax for 2017 for calendar year corporations.

September 15 -  Social Security, Medicare and withheld income tax

If the monthly deposit rule applies, deposit the tax for payments in August.

September 15 - Nonpayroll Withholding

If the monthly deposit rule applies, deposit the tax for payments in August.

September 15 - Partnerships

File a 2016 calendar year return (Form 1065). This due date applies only if you were given an additional 5-month extension. Provide each partner with a copy of K-1 (Form 1065) or a substitute Schedule K-1.

September 15 - Electing Large Partnerships 

File a 2016 calendar year return (Form 1065-B). This due date applies only if you were given a 6-month extension. March 15 was the due date for furnishing Schedules K-1 or substitute Schedule K-1 to the partners.



August 2017 Individual Due Dates

August 10 - Report Tips to Employer 

If you are an employee who works for tips and received more than $20 in tips during July, you are required to report them to your employer on IRS Form 4070 no later than August 10. Your employer is required to withhold FICA taxes and income tax withholding for these tips from your regular wages. If your regular wages are insufficient to cover the FICA and tax withholding, the employer will report the amount of the uncollected withholding in box 12 of your W-2 for the year. You will be required to pay the uncollected withholding when your return for the year is filed.


August 2017 Business Due Dates

August 10 - Social Security, Medicare and Withheld Income Tax

File Form 941 for the second quarter of 2017. This due date applies only if you deposited the tax for the quarter in full and on time. 

August 15 - Social Security, Medicare and Withheld Income Tax

If the monthly deposit rule applies, deposit the tax for payments in July.

August 15 - Non-Payroll Withholding

If the monthly deposit rule applies, deposit the tax for payments in July.

July 2017 Individual Due Dates

July 1 - Time for a Mid-Year Tax Check Up

Time to review your 2017 year-to-date income and expenses to ensure estimated tax payments and withholding are adequate to avoid underpayment penalties.

July 10 - Report Tips to Employer

If you are an employee who works for tips and received more than $20 in tips during June, you are required to report them to your employer on IRS Form 4070 no later than July 10. Your employer is required to withhold FICA taxes and income tax withholding for these tips from your regular wages. If your regular wages are insufficient to cover the FICA and tax withholding, the employer will report the amount of the uncollected withholding in box 12 of your W-2 for the year. You will be required to pay the uncollected withholding when your return for the year is filed.





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