May 10 – Report Tips to Employer – Individual
If you are an employee who works for tips and received more than $20 in tips during April, you are required to report them to your employer on IRS Form 4070 no later than May 1110. Your employer is required to withhold FICA taxes and income tax withholding for these tips from your regular wages. If your regular wages are insufficient to cover the FICA and tax withholding, the employer will report the amount of the uncollected withholding in box 12 of your W-2 for the year. You will be required to pay the uncollected withholding when your return for the year is filed.
May 17 – Individual Tax Returns Due
File a 2020 income tax return (Form 1040 or 1040-SR) and pay any tax due. If you want an automatic extension of time to file the return, please call this office.
Note: The normal due date for individual returns is April 15. However, the IRS extended it to May 17.
Caution: The extension gives you until October 15, 2021 to file your 2020 1040 or 1040-SR return without being liable for the late filing penalty. However, it does not avoid the late payment penalty; thus, if you owe money, the late payment penalty can be severe, so you are encouraged to file as soon as possible to minimize that penalty. Also, you will owe interest, figured from the original due date until the tax is paid. If you have a refund, there is no penalty; however, you are giving the government a free loan, since they will only pay interest starting 45 days after the return is filed.
May 10 – Social Security, Medicare and Withheld Income Tax – Business
File Form 941 for the first quarter of 2021. This due date applies only if you deposited the tax for the quarter in full and on time.
May 17 – Employer’s Monthly Deposit Due – Business
If you are an employer and the monthly deposit rules apply, May 17 is the due date for you to make your deposit of Social Security, Medicare and withheld income tax for April 2021. This is also the due date for the non-payroll withholding deposit for April 2021 if the monthly deposit rule applies.