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December 2021 Individual Due Dates

Updated: Apr 21

December 1 - Time for Year-End Tax Planning

December is the month to take final actions that can affect your tax result for 2021. Taxpayers with substantial increases or decreases in income, changes in marital status or dependent status, and those who sold property during 2021 should call for a tax planning consultation appointment.



December 10 - Report Tips to Employer

If you are an employee who works for tips and received more than $20 in tips during November, you are required to report them to your employer on IRS Form 4070 no later than December 10. Your employer is required to withhold FICA taxes and income tax withholding for these tips from your regular wages. If your regular wages are insufficient to cover the FICA and tax withholding, the employer will report the amount of the uncollected withholding in box 12 of your W-2 for the year. You will be required to pay the uncollected withholding when your return for the year is filed.


December 31 - Last Day to Make Mandatory IRA Withdrawals

Last day to withdraw funds from a Traditional IRA Account and avoid a penalty if you were born before July 1, 1949. You may delay your first distribution to April 1, 2022 if your birth date is July 1, 1949 through December 31, 1949. If you are required to take a distribution in 2021 and the institution holding your IRA will not be open on December 31, you will need to arrange for withdrawal before that date.


December 31 - Last Day to Pay Deductible Expenses for 2021

Last day to pay deductible expenses for the 2021 return (doesn’t apply to IRA, SEP or Keogh contributions, all of which can be made after December 31, 2021).


December 31 - Caution! Last Day of the Year

If the actions you wish to take cannot be completed on the 31st or a single day, you should consider taking action earlier than December 31st.


December 2021 Business Due Dates


December 1 - Employers

During December, ask employees whose withholding allowances will be different in 2022 to fill out a new Form W4 or Form W4(SP).


December 15 - Social Security, Medicare and Withheld Income Tax

If the monthly deposit rule applies, deposit the tax for payments in November.


December 15 - Nonpayroll Withholding

If the monthly deposit rule applies, deposit the tax for payments in November.


December 15 - Corporations

The fourth installment of estimated tax for 2021 calendar year corporations is due.


December 31 - Delayed Payment of Employer Payroll Taxes from 2020

If you as an employer delayed paying 2020 payroll taxes under the CARES Act provision, 50% of your share of the 2020 Social Security tax is due by December 31, 2021, and the remainder is due by December 31, 2022. Any payments or deposits you make before December 31, 2021, are first applied against your payment due on December 31, 2021, and then applied against your payment due on December 31, 2022.


December 31 - Last Day to Set Up a Keogh Account for 2021

If you are self-employed, December 31 is the last day to set up a Keogh Retirement Account if you plan to make a 2021 contribution. If the institution where you plan to set up the account will not be open for business on the 31st, you will need to establish the plan before the 31st. Note: there are other options such as SEP plans that can be set up after the close of the year. Please call the office to discuss your options.


December 31 - Caution! Last Day of the Year

If the actions you wish to take cannot be completed on the 31st or a single day, you should consider taking action earlier than December 31st.


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