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March 2023 - Business Due Dates

March 2023 Business Due Dates

As a farmer or fisher, you know the importance of staying on top of your business’s finances. Tax season can be a particularly busy time, and meeting important deadlines is crucial to avoid penalties and interest charges. This guide will highlight key tax filing dates for farmers and fishers throughout the first quarter (March) to ensure a smooth tax filing process.

Understanding Your Tax Filing Status

The specific tax deadlines you face will depend on how your business is structured. Here’s a breakdown for the most common business structures:

  • Sole Proprietorship: If you operate your farm or fishery as a sole proprietorship, your business income and expenses are reported on your personal tax return (Form 1040 or 1040-SR) filed by March 1st.

Partnership and S-Corporation Filings

  • Partnerships: If you operate as a partnership, you need to file a partnership return (Form 1065) for the 2022 calendar year by March 15th. You’ll also need to provide each partner with a copy of their Schedule K-1 (Form 1065) by this date.
  • S-Corporations: Similar to partnerships, S corporations need to file a 2022 calendar year return (Form 1120-S) along with any tax due by March 15th. Each shareholder should receive a copy of their Schedule K-1 (Form 1120-S) by the same deadline.

Extension Options and Additional Deadlines

  • Extension Requests: If you need more time to file your partnership or S-corporation return, you can request a 6-month extension by filing Form 7004. This will extend the filing deadline to September 15th. However, it’s important to note that you’ll still need to pay any estimated taxes owed by the original March 15th deadline.
  • S-Corporation Elections: Thinking about becoming an S corporation? If you want S corporation treatment to begin in 2023, you need to file Form 2553 by March 15th. A late filing will push your S corporation status to 2024.

Payroll and Withholding Taxes

  • Social Security, Medicare, and Withheld Income Tax: If you meet the monthly deposit rule, you’ll need to deposit these taxes for payments made in February by March 15th.
  • Non-Payroll Withholding: Similar to payroll taxes, if the monthly deposit rule applies to your business, you’ll need to deposit any withheld income taxes for February payments by March 15th.

Information Reporting Deadlines

  • Electronic Filing of Forms 1098, 1099, and W-2G (March 31st): If you electronically file these forms (which report certain payments made to contractors and other parties) with the IRS, March 31st is the final due date.
  • Applicable Large Employers (ALE) – Form 1095-C (March 31st for electronic filing): This form reports on health insurance offered and coverage provided to employees. For employers who file electronically, the deadline is March 31st.
  • Large Food and Beverage Establishment Employers (March 31st for electronic filing): If your business falls under this category, you may need to file Forms 8027 electronically by March 31st.

Staying Organized for Future Filings

Keeping good records throughout the year is essential for a smooth tax filing process. By maintaining organized financial records and setting calendar reminders for important deadlines, you can avoid last-minute scrambling and ensure a stress-free tax season for your farm or fishery business.

Additional Tips

  • Consult with a tax professional familiar with farm and fishery businesses. They can provide specific guidance based on your unique situation and help you navigate any complexities.
  • Utilize resources provided by the IRS. The IRS website offers a wealth of information on tax topics relevant to farmers and fishers.

By following these tips and adhering to the deadlines outlined above, you can ensure your farm or fishery business stays on top of its tax obligations and operates smoothly throughout the year.

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