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Tax Season Starts Late - But Business Tax Due Dates Stay the Same

By January 10, 2013

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If you like to get your return done early because you're getting a refund, you'll have to be patient this year. The official start of "Tax Season" (the day the IRS begins processing 2012 tax returns) has been delayed because of the tax changes implemented by Congress. Tax season, which usually begins January 21, won't begin until January 30. Kelly Phillips Erb ("TaxGirl") commends the IRS for moving so quickly to get Tax Season going and reminds us that the IRS will NOT process paper tax returns until that date.

But just because Tax Season starts late doesn't mean the IRS will allow you more time to turn in your business tax return on time. And there are no extra days in 2013 because no tax due dates fall on a holiday or weekend this year. The due dates for business tax returns, according to the IRS online tax calendar:

  • March 15, 2013: Income tax returns for corporations with December 31 year-end dates are due on Form 1120
  • March 15, 2013: S Corporation tax returns are due, on Form 1120-S with Schedule K-1 for shareholders
  • April 15, 2013: Partnership tax returns are due on Form 1065, with Schedule K-1 distributed to partners. This includes multiple-member Limited Liability Companies.
  • April 15, 2013: Self-employed individuals (sole proprietorships) and single-member LLCs file Schedule C for business taxes along with the individual's personal tax return.

Read more about Tax Return Due Dates for Business Types

And How Business Types Pay Income Tax

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