2012 Tax Filing Deadlines

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If you’ve already filed your taxes you probably feel a sense of relief like I do. Much like the relief you feel when a root canal is over.

For those who have procrastinated, you need to know the filing deadline dates. This year you have two bonus days to file your taxes. You don’t have to file on the 15th because it falls on a Sunday. And you don’t have to file on the 16th because the District of Columbia observes Emancipation Day, which falls on Monday the 16th. Therefore, the date for filing your 2011 Federal Tax Return is Tuesday, April 17, 2012.

It’s a virtually procrastinator’s bonanza!

Tax Filing Deadlines

Of course, there are a lot more tax deadlines than April 15th (or the 17th this year). Here is a list of some of the more important deadlines, many of which have already passed us by.

January 31, 2012 – Deadline for businesses to mail out 2011 W-2 Forms and 1099 forms.
February 15, 2012 Deadline for employees who claim exemption from withholding to file a new Form W-4 with their employers.
March 1, 2012 – Deadline for farmers and fishermen who have a balance due on their taxes to file their individual tax return and pay the balance due without incurring any late payment penalties. For more information you can see the Farmer’s Tax Guide (Publication 225, especially chapter 15).
March 15, 2012 – Deadline for corporations to file 2011 taxes using Forms 1120, 1120A, and 1120S. Extension form 7004 should be filed on this date if unable to file a completed form by this date.
April 17, 2012 – Deadline to file 2011 Individual Federal Tax forms. Extension Form 4868 should be filed if unable to file a completed return by this date.
May 15, 2012 – Deadline for non-profits to file 2011 Form 990.
May 16, 2012 – Deadline for non-profit organizations to file information returns, or request an extension.
June 15, 2012 – Deadline for U.S. citizens who live abroad to file taxes.
September 17, 2012 – Last day for corporations to file extended returns.
October 15, 2012 – Last day for individuals to file extended returns.
April 15, 2015 – You can file an Amended Return to pay taxes anytime, but you generally have three years from the original due date to claim a tax refund.
State Deadlines – As for each state’s tax due dates; most are April 17th, but not all. Be sure to check your specific state for the exact deadline. And, by the way, how nice would it be to live in one of the states that do not have state income tax?

Published or Updated: October 28, 2012
About Rob Berger

Rob founded the Dough Roller in 2007. A litigation attorney in the securities industry, he lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, their two teenagers, and the family mascot, a shih tzu named Sophie.

Comments

  1. Tyler S. says:

    There’s no penalty for filing on deadline day online, right? Not that I’m planning this or anything… :)

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