Revised due dates for partnership and C corporation returns: Domestic corporations (including S corporations) currently must file their returns by the 15th day of the third month after the end of their tax year. Thus, corporations using the Dec. 31 year end must file their returns by March 15 of the following year. The partnership return using a Dec 31 year end will be due April 15th following the year end.

Under the Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015, effective for returns for tax years beginning after Dec. 31, 2015 (i.e., for 2016 tax year returns filed in 2017):

Partnerships and S corporations will have to file their returns by March 15th (vs. April 15 previously for partnerships) after their Dec 31 year end.

• C corporations will have to file by the 15th day of the fourth month after the end of the tax year (Apr. 15 for Dec. 31 year ends). However, under a special rule, for C corporations with fiscal years ending on June 30, the rule change won't apply until tax years beginning after Dec. 31, 2025 (still keep 75 days after year end as their due date).

Revised automatic extension rules for corporations: effective for returns for tax years beginning after Dec. 31, 2015, the three-month automatic extension of time for corporate returns in Code Sec. 6081(b) is changed to an automatic six-month extension (this change conforms the statutory rule with the six-month automatic extension for corporate returns in Reg. § 1.6081-3(a)).

However, for any return for a tax year of a C corporation which ends on Dec. 31 and which begins before Jan. 1, 2026, the automatic extension period is five months (not six months). And, for any return for a tax year of a C corporation which ends on June 30 and begins before Jan. 1, 2026, the automatic extension period is seven months (not six months).

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