Dates To Remember for this Quarter

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This tax calendar has the due dates for 2016 that most taxpayers will need. Employers and persons who pay excise taxes also should use the Employer's Federal Tax Calendar and the Federal Excise Tax Calendar.

Fiscal-year taxpayers - If you file your income tax return for a fiscal year rather than the calendar year, you must change some of the dates in this calendar. These changes are described under Fiscal-Year Taxpayers.

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General Federal Tax Calendar:

1st Quarter 2016

The first quarter of a calendar year is made up of January, February, and March.

January 11:

Employees who work for tips. If you received $20 or more in tips during December, report them to your employer. You can use Form 4070.

January 15:

Farmers and fishermen. Pay your estimated tax for 2015 using Form 1040-­ES. You have until April 18 to file your 2015 income tax return (Form 1040). If you don't pay your estimated tax by January 15, you must file your 2015 return and pay any tax due by March 1, 2016, to avoid an estimated tax penalty.

Individuals. Make a payment of your estimated tax for 2015 if you didn't pay your income tax for the year through withholding (or didn't pay in enough tax that way). Use Form 1040-­ES. This is the final installment date for 2015 estimated tax payments. However, you don't have to make this payment if you file your 2015 return (Form 1040) and pay any tax due by February 1, 2016.

February 1:


Individuals who must make estimated tax payments. If you didn't pay your last installment of estimated tax by January 15, you may choose (but aren't required) to file your income tax return (Form 1040) for 2015 by February 1. Filing your return and paying any tax due by February 1 prevents any penalty for late payment of the last installment. If you can't file and pay your tax by February 1, file and pay your tax by April 18.

All businesses.Give annual information statements to recipients of certain payments you made during 2015. You can use the appropriate version of Form 1099 or other information return. Form 1099 can be issued electronically with the consent of the recipient. Payments that may be covered include the following.

  • Cash payments for fish (or other aquatic life) purchased from anyone engaged in the trade or business of catching fish.
  • Compensation for workers who aren't considered employees (including fishing boat proceeds to crew members).
  • Dividends and other corporate distributions.
  • Interest.
  • Rent.
  • Royalties.
  • Payments of Indian gaming profits to tribal members.
  • Profit­sharing distributions.
  • Retirement plan distributions.
  • Original issue discount.
  • Prizes and awards.
  • Medical and health care payments.
  • Debt cancellation (treated as payment to debtor).
  • Cash payments over $10,000.
  • See the instructions for Form 8300.

See the General Instructions for Certain Information Returns for information on what payments are covered, how much the payment must be before a statement is required, which form to use, when to file, and extensions of time to provide statements to the IRS. Forms 1099-­B, 1099-­S, and certain reporting on Form 1099-­MISC, Miscellaneous Income, are due to recipients by February 16.