My computer went in for a “free checkup.” The goal was to be certain that no viruses were lurking within the hard drive and waiting to pounce on unsuspecting files or emails. The checkup is similar to humans going to the doctor for an annual physical or taking your vehicle to the mechanic for an oil change and tune-up.
Remember the saying about best laid plans? Robert Burns 1785 poem To a Mouse states, “The best laid schemes of Mice and Men oft go awry, and leave us nothing but grief and pain.” Such was the case for me.
In the process of checking, the scan revealed the possibility of one virus. In all honesty I suspect that the system is programmed to “reveal the possibility of one virus.” At that point the unsuspecting and well-intentioned computer owner authorizes the removal of that potential virus and pays the fee. Unfortunately, in my case the computer returned to me with several nasty viruses and pesky new pop-up advertisements and applications. After six return trips each removing a new dozen or so pesky applications and viruses, that is a total of well over 70 new annoying problems, it was returned to me stripped of valid programs I regularly used and running slower than its original speed. Ouch.
Make a List – Check it twice
What does this have to do with deadlines? Somehow in the process several very important emails were missed. One of those was the annual renewal for my corporation. Since my corporation is registered in Nevada with a sub registration in Colorado, the Nevada registration is extremely important. Why did I incorporate in Nevada with a sub registration in my home state? Asset protection for my company and my personal assets is extremely important.
Your brain is saying, “So what does this have to do with me?” This is your business alarm clock ringing. Are all of these deadlines checked off as completed on your end-of-the-year and holiday “to do” list? Santa makes a list and checks it twice; business owners can take their example from the jolly elf.
Important deadlines are rapidly approaching. Please check with your tax professional and your registered agent to confirm specific deadlines in your city, state and federal agencies. Some of the more frequently required deadlines are listed below.
Dec 2 Colorado flood victims extension to claim disaster losses on an amended 2012 return
Dec 2 Colorado flood victims extension for third 1040 ES voucher for 2013 tax year
Dec 14 Colorado Dividend Withholding Tax: Return and payment for November 2013
Dec 15 Capital Gains Tax: Payment due on gains between Jan 1 and Nov 30, 2013
Dec 21 Corporation Tax: return and final payment for accounting year ending Mar 2013
Dec 21 Corporation Tax: preliminary tax for accounting year ending Jan 2014
Dec 30 Nevada corporate business registration and annual manager list
Dec 31 November monthly sales tax report and payment
Jan 15 4th qtr estimated tax payment unless you are filing return and paying in full by Jan 31
Jan 31 deadline for mailing W-2 forms
Jan 31 December monthly sales tax and 4th qtr quarterly sales tax.
You have a choice. You can comply with the deadlines, pay the penalties or beg forgiveness and pay the legal fees as well as pay the penalties.
Santa makes a list and checks it twice. Following his example could save you tax money, penalties, legal fees and headaches. Ask your tax professional, your registered agent and your CFO to be certain you have covered your obligations for your various governmental agencies.