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October Tax Deadlines You Shouldn’t Miss

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October Tax Deadlines You Shouldn't Miss
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October doesn’t seem like a hot month for taxes — April hogs all that glory — but it contains a big deadline for people who got tax extensions, as well as many monthly and quarterly dates for small-business owners and some other filers. Here are a few to keep on the radar.

Oct. 11

If you earned more than $20 in tips in September, this is the last day to report them to your employer. Fill out IRS Form 4070 to do that.

Oct. 17

This is a big one: It’s the last day to send in your 2015 federal tax return — your 1040EZ, 1040A or 1040 — if you filed for an extension in April. (Still not going to make it? Here’s what you’re in for.)

Oct. 31

This is a big day for small-business owners.

  • If you run a business that sells goods or services subject to excise taxes, this is the last day to file IRS Form 720 and pay those taxes for the third quarter.
  • If you’re running a betting pool or lottery, this is the last day to file IRS Form 730 and pay tax on the wagers you accepted during September.
  • If your business uses trucks that weigh 55,000 pounds or more, you might need to file IRS Form 2290 and pay the Heavy Highway Vehicle Use tax for vehicles first used during September.
  • If you have employees, this is the last day to file IRS Form 941 for the third quarter and pay your portion of your employees’ Social Security tax and Medicare tax. This form reports income taxes, Social Security taxes and Medicare tax you withhold from their paychecks.
  • If you have employees, this is the last day to report your Federal Unemployment Tax Act tax. You’ll need to deposit FUTA funds owed through September if they total more than $500.

Tina Orem is a staff writer at NerdWallet, a personal finance website. Email: torem@nerdwallet.com.