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

May 2 — Social security, Medicare, and withheld income tax
File Form 941 for the first quarter of 2017. 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 May 10 to file the return.

May 2 — Federal unemployment tax.
Deposit the tax owed through March if more than $500.

May 2 — Form 720 taxes
File Form 720 for the first quarter of 2017.

May 2 — Wagering tax
File Form 730 and pay the tax on wagers accepted during March.

May 10 — Employees who work for tips
If you received $20 or more in tips during April, report them to your employer Details

May 10 — Social security, Medicare, and withheld income tax
File Form 941 for the first quarter of 2017. This due date applies only if you deposited the tax for the quarter timely, properly, and in full.

May 11 — Communications and air transportation taxes under the alternative method
Deposit the tax included in amounts billed or tickets sold during the first 15 days of April.

May 13 — Regular method taxes
Deposit the tax for the last 15 days of April.

May 16 — Social security, Medicare, and withheld income tax
If the monthly deposit rule applies, deposit the tax for payments in April.

May 16 — Nonpayroll withholding
If the monthly deposit rule applies, deposit the tax for payments in April.

May 25 — Communications and air transportation taxes under the alternative method
Deposit the tax included in amounts billed or tickets sold during the last 15 days of April.

May 27 — Regular method taxes
Deposit the tax for the first 15 days of May.

May 31 — Wagering tax
File Form 730 and pay the tax on wagers accepted during April.

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