Have a Partnership or S Corporation? Return is Due This Wednesday (March 15th)

PaperscroppedBy:  Amanda Wilson

As I previously discussed (here), the federal tax due date for partnership and corporate tax returns changed for tax years on or after 2016.  This means that the new filing deadlines are now in effect.  Partnership and S corporation tax returns are due a month earlier on March 15th, while corporate tax returns are now due a month later on April 15th. In other words, if your business includes a partnership or S corporation, you need to file the tax return, or file for an extension, by this Wednesday, March 15th.  Don’t be caught off-guard and miss this important new deadline. read more

Worthless Debt Deduction – A Cautionary Tale

By:  Amanda Wilson

For partnership, individuals and other types of taxpayers that are not in the business of making loans, the main avenue for tax relief when a loan goes bad is Section 166 – the bad debt deduction.  In order to claim this deduction, the taxpayer must show that the debt has become wholly worthless during the tax year in which the deduction is claimed.  This can often be a very difficult burden for taxpayers, especially if there is no external event that they can identify as a trigger for worthlessness.  Even if there is such an event (such as the borrower declaring bankruptcy), worthlessness can be difficult to establish. read more

New Tax Filing Deadlines for Partnerships and Corporations

By:  Amanda Wilson

Last Friday, President Obama signed into law a bill that provides temporary funding for the highway trust fund.  Buried in the law are several permanent changes to the tax code that are unexpected.  Specifically, the deadline for filing tax returns for partnerships and S corporations has been moved up a month, from April 15th to March 15th.  The deadline for filing tax returns for corporations has been moved back a month, from March 15th to April 15th.  These changes will apply for tax returns due for tax years starting in 2016.  Be aware of how these changes could affect your private business. read more