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2016 Tax Deadlines

The following is a compilation of various deadlines for filing returns with the IRS and making various payments. Please have these dates in mind to avoid penalties and delays.

January 15, 2016

Deadline to pay the fourth quarter estimated tax payment for the year 2014. However, you can skip this estimated payment without penalty if you file the return and pay the balance in full by February 2, 2015.

February 2, 2016

Deadline for employers to mail out Form W-2 to employees and for businesses to furnishForm 1099 statements reporting, among other things, non-employee compensation, bank interest, dividends, and distributions from a retirement plan.

For more details, see How to Prepare and Distribute Form 1099-MISC and General Instructions for Certain Information Returns (

Deadline for self-employed individuals to file and to pay their tax and avoid a penalty for not making the 4th quarter estimated tax payment.