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Rev. date: 11/27/2013

Farming and Fishing Income

Tax Topic 416
If you have income from your farming or fishing business, you may be able to avoid making any estimated tax payments by filing your return and paying your entire tax due on or before March 1 of the year your return is due. This rule generally applies if at least ⅔ of your total gross income was made from farming or fishing in either the current or the preceding year. If March 1 falls on a weekend or legal holiday, you have until the next business day to file your return and pay the tax.
If you choose not to file by March 1, you can make a single estimated tax payment by January 15 or the next business day if January 15 falls on a weekend or legal holiday, to avoid an estimated tax penalty. If these special rules do not apply, you may have to make quarterly estimated tax payments. For more information on estimated tax, refer to Publication 505, Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax.
Income and expenses from farming are reported on Form 1040 (Schedule F). Additionally, self-employment tax may be required if net earnings from farming are $400 or more. Self-employment tax is figured on Form 1040 (Schedule SE). For additional information, refer to Tax Topic 554. For more information on farming, refer to Publication 225, Farmer's Tax Guide.
Income and expenses from fishing are reported on Form 1040 (Schedule C) or Form 1040 (Schedule C-EZ). Fishermen may also be required to file Form 1040 (Schedule SE) to figure self-employment tax if their net earnings from fishing are $400 or more. For general information about the rules applying to individuals, including commercial fishermen who file Schedule C or C-EZ, refer to Publication 334, Tax Guide for Small Business. Also, see Fishing Tax Center on for additional information on fishing income, deductions, and other tax issues for commercial fishing. If your trade or business is a partnership or corporation, see Publication 541, Partnerships, or Publication 542, Corporations.