Don’t forget obscure U.S. tax deadlines

By Kevyn Nightingale | April 1, 2013 | Last updated on September 15, 2023
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As we enter tax season, here’s a reminder of all the different times for personal U.S. tax filings:

March 15

That was the deadline for grantor trusts (form 3520-A), but it can be extended to September 15. Most family trusts set up by Americans in Canada are grantor trusts.

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April 15

Regular tax returns (form 1040). Those of you with clients living here on that date have an automatically extension to June 17 without filing anything. Interest applies if your client owes tax, but no penalty.

If you use form 4868, your client can gain an extension to October 15. A further extension is available to December 15.

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If your client moved here during 2012, and plan to use the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion, he may extend to January 30, 2014. Use form 2350.

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Extending the due date for a personal tax return also extends the due date for the supplementary information filings:

June 17

First extended due date for 1040s. If your client hasn’t filed an extension request (form 4868) by this time, the late-filing penalty starts to apply.

June 30

Foreign Bank Account Report (TD F 90-22.1). This form is separate from the tax return. It must be filed in paper — no computer filing allowed.

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September 16

By this date your client should have received all K-1s from U.S. partnerships and trusts. September 15 was also the extended due date for the grantor trust information return (form 3520-A).

October 15

If your client can’t file by this date, advise her to request an additional extension to December 15. She can only do this if she’s living abroad. There is no form for this request — she’ll have to use a letter.

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December 15

This is the final deadline if your client requested the plain-paper extension (see October 15, above)

January 30

This is the final deadline for people who were waiting to see if they qualified for the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion (see April 15, above).

Kevyn Nightingale