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Reminder: October 15 Tax Deadline Approaching

October 13, 2020

Just a few more days to get your filing done! Here are the key actions you must take before Thursday, October 15, 2020.

Oct. 15, 2020 is the last day for filing several types of income tax returns for 2019 (extended). Here are the details on what actions you need to take before October 15.

What’s due 10/15?

Check out our 2020 Tax Deadline Calendars for Individuals and Businesses. Here are the highlights:

2019 individual income tax returns. Individual taxpayers who requested an extension to file their 2019 individual income tax return must file that return on or before 10/15. While the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act extended the initial filing date from April 15 to July 15, the extended deadline has not changed.

2019 calendar year corporate income tax returns. Calendar year corporate taxpayers that requested an extension to file their 2019 corporate income tax return must file that return on or before 10/15.

2019 calendar year electing large partnership income tax returns. Calendar year electing large partnerships that requested an extension to file their 2019 income tax return must file that return on or before the Oct. 15 deadline.

Recharacterizations of IRAs. Are you looking to recharacterize a Roth IRA contribution to a regular IRA? An individual on a calendar year basis has through Oct. 15 of Year 2 to elect to recharacterize an IRA contribution made, provided he/she meets the requirements for an automatic extension of the election period. At the IRS’ discretion, non-automatic contributions are available as well.

2019 income tax return for taxpayers living and/or working abroad. Are you a U.S. citizen or resident alien residing overseas, or in the military on duty outside the U.S.? On the regular due date of your return, you are allowed an automatic 2-month extension to file your return and pay any amount due without requesting an extension. For a calendar year return, the automatic 2-month extension is to June 15.

If you qualify for the 2-month extension but are unable to file your return by the automatic 2-month extension date, you can request an additional extension to October 15 by filing Form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time To File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, before the automatic 2-month extension date.

There is an additional discretionary two-month extension of time to file your return to December 15 for taxpayer living and/or working abroad if you cannot meet the October 15 deadline. To request it you must send a letter to the IRS by October 15 with an explanation of the reasons for requesting the extra time.

Extended due date for 2019 FBAR returns. Do you have foreign accounts with an aggregate value that exceeded $10,000 during 2019? You must file a Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) Form 114, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (i.e., FBAR). The FBAR filing deadline is the same as for a federal income tax return but if you missed the original deadline, you have an automatic extension until Oct. 15, 2020 to file the FBAR. Victims of recent natural disasters have until December 31, 2020 to file an FBAR for the 2019 calendar year.

Extended rollover period for a qualified plan loan offset amount. Taxpayers who filed their 2019 tax returns by July 15, 2020 have until October 15, 2020 to roll over all or any portion of a qualified plan loan offset (QPLO) amount to an eligible retirement plan.


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