You don't need to be a tax expert to run a business, but knowing the basics about taxes can help you run it better. You'll find the basics and much more on the IRS.gov Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center.

Whether you're new to a business or have worked at it for a long time, the Tax Center can help you. You can apply for an Employer Identification Number, download a form or learn about employment taxes. The Tax Center also includes the following resources:

  • IRS Video Portal.  Watch helpful videos and webinars on many tax topics. Find out about filing and paying business taxes. Check out how an IRS audit works. Look for the "Small Biz Workshop" under the "Businesses" tab. Watch it when you want to learn the basics about small business taxes.
  • Online Tools and Educational Products.  The list of small business products includes the Tax Calendar for Businesses and Self-Employed. You can view key tax dates and actions for each month with this tool. Install the IRS CalendarConnector tool to your computer. This will let you get important tax dates and tips, even when you're offline.
  • Small Business Events.   The IRS holds small business workshops, meetings and seminars at many locations throughout the country. To find out what the IRS has planned in your state just click on the link "Small Business Events."

Go to the Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center and use the A-Z index to find whatever you need.

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Upcoming Tax Dates

October 9 — Everyone
Federal Holiday (Columbus Day) - Details

October 11 — Employees who work for tips
If you received $20 or more in tips during September, report them to your employer - Details

October 15 — Individuals
If you have an automatic 6-month extension to file your income tax return for 2017, file Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ and pay any tax, interest, and penalties due - Details

October 15 — Corporations
File a 2017 calendar year income tax return (Form 1120) and pay any tax, interest, and penalties due. This due date applies only if you timely requested an automatic 6-month extension Details

October 15 — Partnerships
Electing large partnerships: File a 2017 calendar year return (Form 1065-B). This due date applies only if you were given an additional 6-month extension - Details

October 15 — Social security, Medicare, and withheld income tax
If the monthly deposit rule applies, deposit the tax for payments in September.

October 31 — Certain small employers
Deposit any undeposited tax if your tax liability is $2,500 or more for 2017 but less than $2,500 for the third quarter.

October 31 — Federal unemployment tax
Deposit the tax owed through 09-if more than $500.

October 31 — Social security, Medicare, and withheld income tax.
File Form 941 for the third quarter of 2018. Deposit or pay any undeposited tax under the accuracy of deposit rules .If your tax liability is less than $2,500, you can pay it in full with a timely filed return. If you deposited the tax for the quarter timely, properly, and in full, you have until 11-10 to file the return.

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