When Are Taxes Due? 2024 Filing & Extension Deadlines


Ryan Smith


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January 2, 2023

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Tax filing deadlines can creep up on you, and there’s nothing more frustrating than having to pay a fine that could have been avoided.

Take a few minutes to save each relevant filing date to your calendar (or download our federal tax calendar), and stay ahead of the IRS.

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When is “tax day”?

While January to April is called “tax season,” the big “tax day” is usually April 15. If that falls on a holiday or weekend, it moves to the next business day.

This year’s tax day is April 15, 2024. This is when individual taxpayers, sole proprietors, and C corporations need to file their taxes.

Note that if you are using a fiscal year that isn’t the calendar year, your tax filing deadline is different and depends on your business entity and when your fiscal year ends.

What’s the deadline to pay your taxes?

Even if you successfully apply for an extension, the payment deadlines don’t change. The penalty for late payment is 0.5% of the taxes owed each month compared to 5% for late filing. Regardless of whether you can pay your small business taxes, it always pays off to file on time.

If you’re sending your return via snail mail, the IRS considers your return “on time” if it’s addressed correctly, has enough postage, and is in the mail before the end of business on your filing deadline. Otherwise, you can e-file your return before midnight on your tax filing deadline day.

If you’re self-employed, your business probably pays taxes in four sums throughout the year, rather than on one day. These are called estimated tax payments and you can think of them as a prepayment of your income and self-employment taxes (Medicare and Social Security). The due dates for these 2024 payments are April 15, June 17, September 16, and January 15 (2025).

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When are 2024 tax extensions due?

You have right up until tax day to file for an extension. For individuals, that means you can still file for a tax extension right on April 15, 2024. The same goes for businesses: S corps and partnerships can still get an extension on March 15, and the last day for C corps to file for an extension is April 15.

2024 Tax Deadlines

Below is a detailed list of every tax deadline in 2024. But you can also check out our specific guides for LLC tax deadlines and S corporation tax deadlines.

January 15, 2024

Fourth quarter estimated quarterly payments

Say one last goodbye to 2023. The fourth (and final) estimated quarterly tax payment for the previous tax year is due today.

Note: You can skip this payment as long as you file your 2023 tax return by January 31, 2024 and pay any remaining balance owed with your return.

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January 31, 2024

Form W-2 filing deadline

If you have employees, you’ll need to fill out two copies of IRS Form W-2 for each one.

One W-2 must be submitted to the IRS. The other must be sent to the employee. The deadline for both is January 31, 2024.

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Form 1099-NEC Copy A and B filing deadline

If you work with independent contractors, you must file Form 1099-NEC, Nonemployee Compensation by January 31, 2024.

Copy A must be filed with the IRS by this date. Copy B must be furnished to the contractor on this date, as well.

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Form 1099-MISC Copy B filing deadline

Regardless of whether you file electronically or using paper forms, Copy B of Form 1099-MISC must be sent to the payee by January 31, 2024.


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February 28, 2024

Form 1099-MISC paper filing deadline

Some 1099s will require a 1099-MISC form.

This due date will only be for paper filing. If you file electronically or miss the paper filing deadline, you can file on March 31, 2024.

You must deliver Copy A to the IRS. Copy B is sent to the recipient and is due January 31, 2024.


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March 15, 2024

S corporation and partnership tax returns due

Business owners filing taxes for an S corporation or partnership have less time to do their taxes. March 15 is the deadline to file your S corporation tax return (Form 1120-S) or Partnership return (Form 1065). If you’re an S corporation, see our full guide on S corp taxes and deadlines.

Note that S corporations and partnerships do not pay taxes on their income. That tax is paid on the individual incomes of the shareholders or partners, respectively.

March 15 is also the deadline to file for an extension for S corp and partnership tax returns.

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March 31, 2024

Form 1099-MISC Copy A filing deadline

Some 1099s will require a 1099-MISC form. This includes payments to an individual or LLC of at least $600 during the year in rent paid, legal settlements, or prize or award winnings.

This due date will only be for electronic filing.

You must deliver Copy A to the IRS, and Copy B to your recipient.

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April 15, 2024

First quarter estimated quarterly tax payments

If your business pays taxes on a quarterly basis, the first 2024 estimated quarterly tax payment is due today.


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Individual tax returns due

This is the deadline to file individual tax returns (Form 1040). If your income is below $66,000 for the tax year, you can e-file for free using IRS Free File. If your income was above that, you can use the IRS’ free, fillable forms.

If you’re a sole proprietor filing Schedule C on your personal tax returns, the April 15, 2024 deadline applies to you too.

April 15 is also the deadline to file for an extension to file your individual tax return.

C corporation tax returns due

Today is the deadline to file C corporation tax returns (Form 1120).

April 15 is also the deadline to file for an extension to file your corporate tax return.


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State tax returns

Each state determines their own tax deadlines. To find a list of current state tax deadlines, click here.

June 17, 2024

Second quarter estimated quarterly payments

The second 2024 estimated quarterly tax payment is due today.


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September 16, 2024

Third quarter estimated quarterly payments and extension deadline for partnerships and S corporations

The third 2023 estimated quarterly tax payment is due today.

If you are an S corporation or partnership that successfully filed for an extension, your tax return is now due.


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October 15, 2024

Extended deadline for individual tax returns, sole proprietorships, and C corporations

If you are a sole proprietorship or C corporation that filed for an extension, your income tax return is now due. This is also when your individual tax return is due, if you file for an extension.


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December 31, 2023

Tax moves deadline

End of year tax moves can help grow your business and reduce your taxable income for the calendar year. Start early so you can plan and take action. Today is the final day to make any tax moves for the 2023 tax year.

Set up a solo 401 (k)

If you are self-employed, today is the deadline to set up a solo 401 (k).

When can I start filing taxes for 2024?

Typically, the IRS starts accepting tax returns around mid to late January. If you’re going to use a tax professional, it’s best to get started sooner rather than later. As tax day get closer, demand for tax services goes up and they have less capacity to take on new clients.

When will I get my tax refund?

Most tax filers will receive their refund within 3-4 weeks after filing their return.

You can check your IRS refund status in five minutes by using the IRS Where’s My Refund tool.

Paying your taxes late

Past your tax due date, you’ll have to pay a penalty for late payment. This amounts to an additional 0.5% of unpaid taxes every month until you pay your original tax bill (up to a maximum 25% of your total tax bill).

The late filing penalty is 5% of unpaid taxes every month. This means that even if you can’t afford your current tax liability, filing on time will still save you money on penalties.

While it’s best to file and pay your taxes as soon as you can to minimize penalties, we put together a guide that explains what happens if you don’t file taxes.

If you have concerns about falling behind on tax payments, learn about the IRS Fresh Start program.

This post is to be used for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal, business, or tax advice. Each person should consult his or her own attorney, business advisor, or tax advisor with respect to matters referenced in this post. Bench assumes no liability for actions taken in reliance upon the information contained herein.
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