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Beat Tax Deadlines with the IRS Tax Calendar

By Eileen Corbett, JD, LLM | December 16, 2013

As we close out the current year and bring in the new, many business owners are getting their 2014 calendar in place for the new opportunities and challenges ahead.

A very handy tool for this time of year is the IRS’s Tax Calendar for Small Business and Self-Employed. This free tax calendar includes filing and payment deposit dates for federal income, employment and excise taxes throughout 2014.

Tip

In the "online" version of the calendar, the "year" options (e.g., 2014, 2013) appear in the left sidebar.

The calendar is available via the IRS website. If you decide to use it, you may choose from a variety of formats:

  • Online
  • Standalone desktop tool
  • Subscribe to tax calendar
  • Download tax calendar

The online version may be bookmarked or otherwise saved to favorites. When viewing the calendar online, you may select options to view only certain types of due dates. For example, you can check a box to view only excise tax due dates. Or, you can view only semi-weekly payroll deposit due dates.

Another option is to install the IRS's desktop calendar tool, called the IRS Calendar Connector. As new events are added to the calendar, the desktop tool is automatically updated. As with the online version, you may choose to view only certain types of due dates. An advantage to the standalone desktop tool, compared to the online format, is that you may access the desktop tool even when offline.

Additionally, the IRS tax calendar may be coordinated with your own compatible calendar system by either subscribing to the tax calendar or downloading it. If you subscribe to the IRS tax calendar, then the web calendar data will be updated automatically. The "trade-off" for the automatic updating feature is that you will not be able to make manual changes.

If you download the tax calendar into your own calendar, it will import a one-time "snapshot" of the calendar dates as of the time you download them. This option allows you to edit the downloaded data once it is in your calendar, but, if the IRS updates the data later, your Outlook calendar will not automatically refresh the data.

Think Ahead

If you are going to coordinate the IRS tax calendar with your own calendar, it may be better to subscribe instead of downloading. When you subscribe, the calendar data is automatically updated. This helps to avoid the problem of relying on inaccurate due dates based on stale data.

The IRS has discontinued Publication 1518, IRS Tax Calendar for Small Business and Self-Employed (in downloadable pdf form), after 2013. But, you can still find due dates and much of the Pub 1518-type of information on the IRS website in IRS Publication 509, (2014), Tax Calendars.

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