Due Date For or Due Date Of?

By Maeve Maddox

A reader would like to know when to use “due date for” and when to use “due date of.”

Sometimes the best way to approach idioms involving prepositions is to observe their use in context. The following examples are taken from financial sources such as the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) and banking and credit sites:

Use the table below to find the due date of annual returns.

This application will help you determine the due date of your federal tax return.

You’ve actually got a full 30 days after the due date of your bill before the lender can report you as being late to the credit bureaus.

You may delay your payment temporarily as long as your account is up-to-date, up to the due date of the following payment.

If the due date for your payment falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, you may make your deposit on the next business day.

April 18, 2016 is the due date for Tax Extensions for 2015 Federal Returns.

If the due date for your payment is inconvenient, you may be able to get it changed so that it falls a few days after your payday.

Can I select the due date for my Auto Pay deductions?
You can choose a due date of either the 5th or 20th of the month.

A Google search shows “due date of” more frequent than “due date for” by 36,100,000 to 26,100,000.

The Ngram Viewer shows “due date of” more frequent and of longer use than “due date for.”

The phrases seem to be used interchangeably. I’d go with “due date of.”

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