Start off the year right: Mark your calendar with these important dates

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A new year means a fresh calendar—and it’s probably already filling up fast. Here are a few important dates that you may want to add to your early 2018 reminders:


Have a loved one attending college soon? The sooner you file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, the better. The deadline varies from state to state, so be sure to look up state deadlines.

March 31

Are you, a friend or loved one on Medicare? March 31 is the last day to apply for Medicare Part A and B with coverage beginning in July.

April 1

If you’ll turn 70 ½ years old by April 1, you’ll have to take Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) from your retirement accounts by that date. (After that first year, the annual RMD deadline is December 31.)

April 17

Last day to make any Individual Retirement Account (IRA) contributions you want to claim on your 2017 taxes. Consult your tax professional for help.

Make sure your taxes are electronically filed or postmarked no later than midnight. By the way, tax day is Tuesday, April 17 this year because April 16 is Emancipation Day, a legal holiday in the District of Columbia.

Need more time to file your taxes? Send IRS Form 4868 (PDF) by April 17 to get an automatic six-month extension to file. The extension pushes the filing deadline back to October 15, 2018.