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Important income tax deadlines and other dates

Everyone out there who earns an income knows exactly when tax season is each year. But, do you realize that tax season is not just when the deadline arrives to file your tax return? You should view the entire year as tax season because you can prepare for next year's filing, make estimated income tax payments, deal with the IRS and handle any issues surrounding your return throughout the entire year. Here are some important income tax deadlines and dates.

If you make estimated tax payments, there are four deadlines you have to be mindful of each year. They typically fall around the same date each year. For estimated payments, you must hit the following deadlines:

  • April 17
  • June 15
  • September 17
  • January 15

Did you receive an extension for filing your income tax return with the IRS? If so, the deadline to file is October 15, 2018. This would be an extension on filing your 2017 income tax return. The envelope must be postmarked October 15 for it to be accepted as on-time and not late.

October 15 is also the deadline for those who want to re-characterize their 2017 Roth IRA conversion. This is only for those who converted their traditional IRA to a Roth IRA in 2017 and had to pay tax for the conversion on their 2016 tax return. Filing by this deadline might help you save money, especially if the IRA has lost money since the conversion went into effect.

You should update your calendar with all of the deadlines and dates listed in today's post so you never miss a filing deadline or date to pay estimated taxes in Los Gatos, California.

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