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Helping Your Business Stay Organized for Tax Deadlines

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Staying ahead of all the various tax deadlines can be difficult, especially if you are a business owner. While many people only worry about tax season around Tax Day, business owners often have multiple deadlines they have to meet throughout the year and staying on track can get overwhelming.


Notable Tax Deadlines


April 18 is known as Tax Day in the US since that is the last day most people have to file their federal income tax. From January to April, people who receive W-2, W-3,1099-NEC forms, and any other work related income tax forms are able to gather their various documents and submit them to avoid penalties. For businesses, there can be many more important dates to remember, and the type of business can decide which forms need to be submitted. 


Between Tax Day and the end of the year, there are multiple tax filing deadlines a business may have to meet. If your business has more than 10% ownership in a foreign country, a BE-12 Foreign Investment Form needs to be filed  by the end of May. June 15 is the deadline for Q2 estimated tax payments, and September 15 is the deadline for Q3. Depending on your company’s fiscal year timeline, these are dates that you may have to be aware of. 


Failure to meet important deadlines such as tax payment dates, document filing dates, or other fiscal deadlines can be detrimental to your business.  Filing corporate income tax past the appropriate deadlines can lead to penalties of up to $25k. Other late forms can lead to additional penalties and fees. For documents such as the BE-12 Foreign Investment Form, if not filed properly there can be criminal consequences as well. This is why it is so important for business owners to stay ahead of their deadlines and keep an organized timeline of when they need to file their documents. 


Bringing it all Together


To help keep your business organized, consider using a tax deadline calendar. These deadline calendars can be fit to your business and include all of the dates that are important to be mindful of. You can even include personalized messages such as when you want to start collecting the proper documentation to make sure you are not scrambling at the last second to make your important dates.

Staying organized is the easiest way to remain aware of all the important tax dates and avoiding penalties for your business interests.

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