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Partnership, SCorp and Trust 2022

Partnership, S-corp And Trust 2022 Extensions Ending Soon

Tax season can be a breeze if you’re prepared. Especially if you’re involved in a partnership, S-corporation, or trust. Knowing the extended deadlines for filing these returns can save you time, stress, and most importantly, money. This article dives into the details of these deadlines and the penalties for missing them. By staying informed, you can ensure a smooth filing process and avoid any unnecessary complications.

Understanding Pass-Through Entities and Tax Deadlines

Businesses like partnerships and S-corporations, along with trusts and estates, are classified as “pass-through entities.” This means their income, deductions, credits, and other tax items “pass through” to the individual partners, shareholders, or beneficiaries. These individuals then report these items on their personal tax returns.

Here’s a quick breakdown of the forms involved:

  • Partnerships: File Form 1065
  • S-Corporations: File Form 1120-S
  • Trusts and Estates: File Form 1041

Each partner, shareholder, or beneficiary receives a Schedule K-1 from the entity. This Schedule K-1 details their share of the income, deductions, credits, and other reportable tax items.

Why Separate Extension Deadlines Exist

You might be wondering why pass-through entities have different extension deadlines compared to individual tax returns. The answer lies in ensuring a smooth filing process for everyone involved.

If all entities, including partnerships, S-corps, and trusts, could file extensions on the same date as individuals, it would create a challenge. Individual taxpayers who are partners or shareholders would struggle to meet their filing deadlines without estimated information from the pass-through entity. This would often lead to amended returns later, causing unnecessary hassle.

Extended Deadlines Explained

To address this issue, the IRS assigns separate extension periods:

  • Partnerships and S-Corporations: 6 months extension. (Original due date: March 15, Extended due date with extension: September 15*)
  • Trusts and Estates: 5½ months extension. (Original due date: April 18, Extended due date with extension: October 2*)

This extended timeframe gives individual taxpayers (partners, shareholders, and beneficiaries) a buffer period (around a month for partnerships and S-corps, and two weeks for trusts) to complete their individual tax returns after receiving the K-1 information from the pass-through entity.

Beware of Penalties for Late Filing

Missing the extended deadlines for partnerships, S-corporations, and trusts can result in significant penalties. Here’s a breakdown of what you can expect:

  • Partnerships and S-Corporations:
    • A monthly penalty of $220 per partner/shareholder for each month the return remains unfiled.
    • A penalty of $310 per K-1 not provided timely to partners/shareholders (maximum penalty per year can be as high as $3.8 million).
  • Trusts and Estates:
    • A penalty of 5% of the tax due, per month (up to a maximum of 25%) for late filing.
    • A penalty of $310 per beneficiary for each K-1 not provided timely.

What You Can Do

  • Ensure Timely Information Sharing: If you’re a partner, shareholder, or beneficiary, communicate with the partnership, S-corporation, or trust regarding the information they require to complete your K-1.
  • Proactive Communication with Your Accountant: If your accountant anticipates delays in obtaining necessary information, they should contact you as soon as possible. This allows for exploring alternative solutions to avoid penalties.
  • Disaster Relief: If your business or the trust’s principal place of business is located in a FEMA-declared disaster area, you might qualify for a further extension on the filing deadline. Check the IRS website for updates on disaster-related filing postponements.

The Takeaway

Meeting tax deadlines is crucial for both pass-through entities and the individuals associated with them. By understanding the extended deadlines and potential penalties, you can ensure a smooth filing process and avoid any unnecessary complications. Remember, clear communication with your accountant and the pass-through entity is key to staying on top of your tax obligations.

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