All you need to know about the tax forms to file before April 15th
The official tax filing deadlines can change from year to year. In 2019, the filing deadline for your 2018 tax return is April 15th. Make sure you’ve filed by the 15th to avoid any penalties.
Just a little practical advice – when sitting down to review your taxes, it’s a good idea to confirm all filing dates along with your required forms. Then, confirm whether you’ll be filing before the deadline or if you’ll need to take advantage of any tax deadline extensions. Keep in mind that the fastest and most reliable way to file your tax forms to the IRS is to do so electronically.
Prepare estimated quarterly payments with IRS Form 1040-ES
Estimated tax is the method used to pay tax on income that is not subject to withholding (for example, earnings from self-employment, interest, dividends, rents, alimony, etc.)
The first 2019 estimated quarterly tax payment is due April 15. Use Form 1040-ES for this.
Fill out and file the new “postcard sized” IRS Form 1040 for sole proprietors
IRS Form 1040 is filed by U.S. residents and citizens with recorded incomes during the filing year or by those who are eligible for a certain credit. The deadline for filing Form 1040 is April 15, 2019.
This year, the IRS introduced a new version of the Form 1040, which will be used at the beginning of the 2019 tax season. It is “postcard sized” and is intended to replace the old 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ forms.
Prepare your corporate tax returns with the 1120 Form
The IRS 1120 Form is used to document and report income, gains, losses, deductions, credits, and to figure out the income tax liability of a corporation.
Any C Corporation operating under federal tax law in the United States has to prepare this form. C Corporations are any corporation that is “for profit” with incoming revenue and is taxed separately from its owners.
Request an extension for individual tax returns with IRS Form 7004
Partnerships, corporations or S corporations fill out and submit IRS Form 7004 – the Application for Automatic Tax Extension for Businesses.
Pay close attention to lines 2 through 6 on this form, as the information provided applies to specific corporation types.
Note that the 7004 does not mean that you can put off paying your tax liability (or at least the estimated amount of that liability). The extension only applies to the tax return your business will file later in the year, so be sure to pay the estimated tax by your business’s tax deadline.
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