Several federal bills enacted in 2015 included tax changes. One of these was P.L. 114-41(7/31/15), the Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act. Given the title, we might think that any tax change involved transportation, such as the gasoline excise tax. Wrong! This bill does not increase the gasoline excise tax. Its main purpose is to transfer money from the general fund to the Highway Trust Fund because our gasoline excise tax of 18.4 cents per gallon is insufficient to fund the HTF (and more fuel efficient cars means we buy less gas each year). [I’ve blogged on this a few times – here, for example.]
One of the tax change in P.L. 114-41 is to change due dates of certain returns, starting mostly for the 2016 tax year. The purpose is improved administration of our tax system. For example, one change is to move the due date for acalendar year corporation return from March 15 to April 15 and that of a partnership from April 15 to March 15. That is smart because the partnership return is needed to get information to the partners. No one needs the information on the corporate return in order to file their return. The AICPA has a helpful chart that lists the changed due dates.
There is no change to the due date of Form 1040 – it remains April 15 with the extended due date still being October 15. Which brings me to my main point – some trivia. Did you know that individual returns were once due on March 15?
The April 15 due date started with 1954 returns. Did you know that the IRS has the Form 1040 and instructions on its website for 1953 and 1954? Take a look:
I like the tips offered by the IRS. For example, for 1954 (which notes the “new law” that includes the new due date for 1954 returns):