Section 6071: Time for filing returns and other documents
Internal Revenue Code
§6071. Time for filing returns and other documents
(a) General rule
When not otherwise provided for by this title, the Secretary shall by regulations prescribe the time for filing any return, statement, or other document required by this title or by regulations.
(b) Electronically filed information returns
Returns made under subpart B of part III of this subchapter (other than returns and statements required to be filed with respect to nonemployee compensation) which are filed electronically shall be filed on or before March 31 of the year following the calendar year to which such returns relate.
(c) Returns and statements relating to employee wage information and nonemployee compensation
Forms W–2 and W–3 and any returns or statements required by the Secretary to report nonemployee compensation shall be filed on or before January 31 of the year following the calendar year to which such returns relate.
(d) Special taxes
For payment of special taxes before engaging in certain trades and businesses, see section 4901 and section 5732.
(Aug. 16, 1954, ch. 736, 68A Stat. 749; Pub. L. 85–859, title II, §204(1), Sept. 2, 1958, 72 Stat. 1428; Pub. L. 94–455, title XIX, §1906(b)(13)(A), Oct. 4, 1976, 90 Stat. 1834; Pub. L. 105–206, title II, §2002(a), July 22, 1998, 112 Stat. 724; Pub. L. 109–59, title XI, §11125(b)(21), Aug. 10, 2005, 119 Stat. 1957; Pub. L. 114–113, div. Q, title II, §201(a), (c), Dec. 18, 2015, 129 Stat. 3076.)
2015—Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 114–113, §201(c), substituted "subpart B of part III of this subchapter (other than returns and statements required to be filed with respect to nonemployee compensation)" for "subparts B and C of part III of this subchapter".
Subsecs. (c), (d). Pub. L. 114–113, §201(a), added subsec. (c) and redesignated former subsec. (c) as (d).
2005—Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 109–59 substituted "section 5732" for "section 5142".
1998—Subsecs. (b), (c). Pub. L. 105–206 added subsec. (b) and redesignated former subsec. (b) as (c).
1976—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 94–455 struck out "or his delegate" after "Secretary".
1958—Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 85–859 inserted reference to section 5142 of this title.
Effective Date of 2015 Amendment
Effective Date of 2005 Amendment
Amendment by Pub. L. 109–59 effective July 1, 2008, but inapplicable to taxes imposed for periods before such date, see section 11125(c) of Pub. L. 109–59, set out as a note under section 5002 of this title.
Effective Date of 1998 Amendment
Pub. L. 105–206, title II, §2002(c), July 22, 1998, 112 Stat. 724, provided that: "The amendment made by subsection (a) [amending this section] shall apply to returns required to be filed after December 31, 1999."
Effective Date of 1958 Amendment
Amendment by Pub. L. 85–859 effective Sept. 3, 1958, see section 210(a)(1) of Pub. L. 85–859, set out as an Effective Date note under section 5001 of this title.