Important Federal Tax Deadlines for 2015

There are many important tax deadlines in 2015. Missing a 2015 tax deadline could lead to penalties for fines for the taxpayer. The following are some of the more important tax deadlines for 2015, but the list is not entirely exclusive and it is always best to check with the IRS website.

 

Major 2015 Tax Deadlines from IRS

January 15 Individuals. Make a payment of your estimated tax for 2014 if you did not pay your income tax for the year through withholding (or did not pay in enough tax that way). Use Form 1040­ES, Estimated Tax for Individuals. This is the final installment date for 2014 estimated tax payments. However, you do not have to make this payment if you file your 2014 return (Form 1040) and pay any tax due by February 2, 2015.

February 2 Individuals who must make estimated tax payments. If you did not pay your last installment of estimated tax by January 15, you may choose (but are not required) to file your income tax return (Form 1040) for 2014 by February 2. Filing your return and paying any tax due by February 2 prevents any penalty for late payment of the last installment. If you cannot file and pay your tax by February 2, file and pay your tax by April 15.

February 17 Individuals. If you claimed exemption from income tax withholding last year on the Form W­4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate, you gave your employer, you must file a new Form W­4 by this date to continue your exemption for another year.

April 15 Individuals. File a 2014 income tax return (Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ) and pay any tax due. If you want an automatic 6­month extension of time to file the return, file Form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time To File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return. For more information, see Form 4868. Then, file Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ by October 15. Individuals. If you are not paying your 2015 income tax through withholding (or will not pay in enough tax during the year that way), pay the first installment of your 2015 estimated tax. Use Form 1040­ES. For more information, see Publication 505.

June 15 Individuals. If you are a U.S. citizen or resident alien living and working (or on military duty) outside the United States and Puerto Rico, file Form 1040 and pay any tax, interest, and penalties due. Otherwise, see April 15. If you want additional time to file your return, file Form 4868 to obtain 4 additional months to file. Then, file Form 1040 by October 15. However, if you are a participant in a combat zone, you may be able to further extend the filing deadline.

June 15 Individuals. Make a payment of your 2015 estimated tax if you are not paying your income tax for the year through withholding (or will not pay in enough tax that way). Use Form 1040­ES. This is the second installment date for estimated tax in 2015. For more information, see Publication 505.

June 30. Individuals  Deadline to file Foreign Bank Account Report for the year 2014. This report is required if you have over $10,000 (in aggregate) held in foreign bank accounts. Foreign Bank Account Reports (FinCEN Form 114) must be filed electronically. Extensions of time to file are not available.

September 15 Individuals. Make a payment of your 2015 estimated tax if you are not paying your income tax for the year through withholding (or will not pay in enough tax that way). Use Form 1040­ES. This is the third installment date for estimated tax in 2015. For more information, see Publication 505.

October 15 Individuals. If you have an automatic 6­month extension to file your income tax return for 2014, file Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ and pay any tax, interest, and penalties due.