Skip to main content

When are Taxes Due in 2021? Important Dates for Your Diary

Image used with permission by copyright holder

You may be well aware of when tax day is. However, if you are self-employed, own a small business, or rely on tips for income, you’ll have to abide by an extra set of deadlines. For example, independent contractors and freelancers pay estimated quarterly taxes in addition to any annual taxes owed.

Failure to abide by these deadlines can result in some costly penalties. Avoid the unpleasant surprise of a huge bill from Uncle Sam and stay on top of when taxes are due in 2021. We’ve compiled a list of important dates for your diary so you can prepare yourself well ahead of time.

2021 Tax Filing Deadlines

March 15, 2021

Small businesses (S corporations) and partnerships need to file their tax returns or request an extension by March 15, one full month before the general deadline.

April 15, 2021

Independent contractors and freelancers will owe their first estimated quarterly tax payment for 2021 on April 15.

May 17, 2021

The IRS extended the deadline to file and pay taxes for the 2020 tax year to May 17. If you have to request additional time, you must do so by May 17. Remember that the latter extension only applies to filing taxes; any taxes you owe will still be due May 17.

June 15, 2021

Independent contractors and freelancers will owe their second estimated quarterly tax payment for 2021 on June 15.

September 15, 2021

Independent contractors and freelancers will owe their third estimated quarterly tax payment for 2021 on September 15. S corporations and partnerships that requested an extension in March must file their returns on September 15.

October 15, 2021

October 15 is the deadline to file for individuals who requested an extension in April.

January 15, 2022

Independent contractors and freelancers will owe their fourth estimated quarterly tax payment for 2021 on January 15, 2022.

10th Day of Every Month

Tipped employees — workers who regularly make at least $20 in tips per month — should report their previous month’s tips by the 10th of every month (or by the 12th day if the 10th falls on a weekend). This information can be given to your employer, who will use this information to calculate your payroll tax. Failure to report tips can result in major penalties and may even impact the amount of social security you’ll receive come retirement.

Alison Barretta
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Alison is a freelance writer and editor from Philadelphia who specializes in skincare & beauty, lifestyle, and general…
Best Milwaukee Prime Day deals: sanders, drills, saws and more
Someone using the Milwaukee Orbit Sander in a warehouse.

Prime Day might be over but there continue to be great power tool deals going on. In particular, we're focusing on one of the most trusted power tool brands around with Milwaukee having some great discounts on power tools as well as its accessory range. If you're looking to spruce up your power tool collection for less, there's still time to grab these deals but you'll need to be fast. We can't see them sticking around for much longer now that Prime Day is behind us.
Best Milwaukee power tool Prime Day deals

You can't go wrong with any of these Milwaukee power tool Prime Day deals as you'll be getting products that are durable and efficient, so you'll be able to complete your projects faster without sacrificing safety. There are all kinds of power tools on sale during the shopping event, so if you need a particular tool or if you want to buy several of them at once, you wouldn't want to miss out on the discounted prices for Prime Day.

Read more
Best Fitbit Prime Day deals: Charge 3 is $45 off today
Woman stretching while wearing Fitbit Charge 5.

Even though Prime Day has ended you can still shop Prime Day deals, and the leftovers have some good savings in store for fitness enthusiasts. If you want an easy way to expand, upgrade, or create a fitness routine, buying one of the best fitness trackers can go a long way. You should start your search with what's left of the Fitbit Prime Day deals, as Amazon and other retailers still have some impressive Fitbit deals going. We've tracked down all of the best Fitbit Prime Day deals available at the moment, and you can find all of them below. Read onward for the details and don't hesitate to make a purchase if you see something you like, as these Fitbit deals have been popular among Prime Day shoppers.
Best Fitbit Prime Day deal
Fitbit Charge 3 -- $105, was $150

If you want a straightforward wearable device for monitoring your health, you should set your sights on the Fitbit Charge 3. It's capable of keeping track of various fitness metrics, including your heart rate, the calories that you burn, and the steps that you take. The fitness tracker will keep you on track with your goals through a daily dashboard that will send you reminders to stay active, hydrate, follow your sleep schedule, and other things that you need to commit to doing every day.

Read more
Watch these dark comedy shows for a twisted laugh
Give these shows a try if you want to laugh at misery and morbidity
Succession scene


TV is often used as an escape from the morbid reality of the real world we have to wake up to each day. Mass shootings, political upheaval, and financial inequality are just some of the issues on the collective mind of the populace, and entertainment can both reflect and deflect these topics in brilliant ways for us. Happy-go-lucky shows like Friends or Ted Lasso are simple and funny; these programs are pure distraction from the world. Sometimes, we want something with a little more realism and intrigue, though, a show with commentary on life's troubles, but without the burden of getting bogged down in a depressive state.

Read more