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Electronic filing deadlines and perfection periods for business returns and extensions (1120, 1120S, 1065, 1041)

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Electronic filing deadlines and perfection periods for business returns and extensions (1120, 1120S, 1065, 1041)

The following dates are for calendar-year filers. If you are a fiscal-year filer, see the form instructions for more information.

For Partnership (Form 1065 and Schedule K-1s) and S-Corporate (Form 1120S and Schedule K-1s) returns:

  • File returns or automatic 6-month extensions (Form 7004) by midnight Monday, March 16, 2020

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For Corporate (Form 1120) and Fiduciary (1041) returns:

  • File returns or automatic 6-month extensions (Form 7004) by midnight Wednesday, April 15, 2020. See July for more information.
  • Deposit the first installment of 2020 estimated tax by Wednesday, April 15, 2020. See July for more information.

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For Corporate (Form 1120) and Fiduciary (Form 1041) returns:

  • Deposit the second installment of 2020 estimated tax by Monday, June 15, 2020. See July for more information.

For Corporate (Form 1120) and Fiduciary (1041) returns:

  • File returns or automatic 6-month extensions (Form 7004) by midnight Wednesday, July 15, 2020.
  • Deposit the first installment of 2020 estimated tax by Wednesday, July 15, 2020.
  • Deposit the second installment of 2020 estimated tax by Wednesday, July 15, 2020.

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For Partnership (Form 1065) and S-Corporate (Form 1120S) returns, if you timely requested a 6-month extension in March:

  • File returns by midnight Tuesday, September 15, 2020.

For Fiduciary (Form 1041) returns, if you timely requested a 6-month extension in April:

  • File returns by midnight Wednesday, September 30, 2020.

For Corporate (Form 1120) and Fiduciary (Form 1041) returns:

  • Deposit the third installment of 2020 estimated tax by Tuesday, September 15, 2020.

For Corporate returns (Form 1120), if you timely requested a 6-month extension in April:

  • File returns by midnight Thursday, October 15, 2020.

For Corporate returns (Form 1120):

  • Deposit the fourth and final installment of 2020 estimated tax by Tuesday, December 15, 2020.

For Fiduciary returns (Form 1041):

  • Deposit the fourth and final installment of 2020 estimated tax by Friday, January 15, 2021.

The state of Alabama allows a 10 business day period to retransmit the corrected return. The perfection period starts from the date the State of Alabama rejects the original submission. The original submission ID must be transmitted with the perfected return. This way the original submission date can be populated in our system to prevent any late filing penalties being assessed.

California Corporation, S Corporation, and Partnership returns that are timely filed electronically and rejected can be corrected and retransmitted within 10 days from the date of rejection to still be considered timely filed (California 2011 FTB Pub.1345B, page 5). For more information, please visit the California Franchise Tax Board website.

Georgia follows the IRS guidelines for correcting and resubmitting rejected returns. For more information, visit the Georgia Department of Revenue website.

If a return is rejected, it can be corrected within 10 days and be given the electronic postmark date of the original rejected tax return, provided that the corrected submission references the original submission ID.

Kansas follows the IRS guidelines for correcting and resubmitting rejected returns. For more information, visit the Kansas Department of Revenue website.

From the Maryland Corporate e-File Handbook, page 11:

"If the electronic return cannot be accepted for processing electronically, the taxpayer must file a paper return. In order for the paper return to be considered timely, it must be filed by the later of the due date of the return or 10 calendar days after the date Maryland gives notification the return is rejected. The paper return should include an explanation of why the return is being filed after the due date and include a copy of the reject notification."

If the electronic return can be retransmitted it must be filed by the later of the due date of the return or 5 calendar days after the date Maryland gives notification the return is rejected. For more information, please visit the Comptroller of Maryland website.

Massachusetts Corporation, S Corporation, Partnership, and Fiduciary returns and Corporation and S-Corporation extensions that are timely filed electronically and rejected can be corrected and retransmitted within 5 business days of the date the acknowledgment was made available. For more information, please visit the Massachusetts Department of Revenue website.

New Jersey Partnership returns that are rejected have 5 days after the due date of the return to be retransmitted to the state for processing. For more information, please visit the New Jersey Treasury website.

For specific guidelines regarding correcting and resubmitting timely filed and rejected New York corporate returns and extensions, visit the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance website.

New York has a 7 calendar day perfection period if rejected by the State of New York direct. See page 10 of Pub. 93 for more information.

South Carolina follows the IRS guidelines for correcting and resubmitting rejected returns. For more information, visit the South Carolina Department of Revenue website.

Wisconsin follows the IRS guidelines for correcting and resubmitting rejected returns. For more information, visit the Wisconsin Department of Revenue website.

Additional e-file and perfection period information

  • Remember to check the efile status on the return to ensure your return or extension is accepted by the taxing authority. If your return or extension is rejected, follow the guidelines below to ensure it remains timely filed.
  • Returns and extensions do not have to be Accepted by the IRS and/or states on March 16 to be considered timely filed. An electronic postmark is assigned to a return when it is received by the Intuit Electronic Filing Center. This electronic postmark is the date the return or extension is considered filed. This electronic postmark is reported as the Return Submitted date and time displayed.
  • The ERO should print the status from the program by copying the information and then pasting into a text editor. Submit this document with the paper return or extension.
  • The ERO is allowed 10 calendar days to resubmit a rejected e-file return.
  • The ERO is allowed 5 calendar days to resubmit a rejected e-file extension.
  • See Publication 4163 under the Transmission Perfection Period section for more information.

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