When you set up and start a business, you have certain responsibilities as an employer, one of which is paying payroll taxes to the IRS. Every employer is required by law to withhold payroll and FICA taxes from the salary of the employees and pay to the IRS. Besides paying the taxes, employers need to report the taxes paid, and file a payroll tax return to avoid any misunderstanding or tax issues with the IRS. Continuing on the subject, in this blog post, we discuss all you need to know about payroll taxes.
Calculating Payroll Taxes
Payroll taxes, which are held in trust for the IRS and Social Security Administration, include:
- Amounts you withhold from your employees’ salary for social security, income taxes, and Medicare
- The same amount you withhold from employees that you must contribute for Medicare and social security
- Other taxes paid by you and not your employees, for workers compensation and unemployment funds To calculate the total amount you need to pay to the IRS, you need to add up all the taxes mentioned above.
Paying Payroll Taxes
Payroll taxes are to be paid fortnightly or monthly. The process of paying payroll taxes includes filing a return each quarter with the IRS on Form 941. The return should clearly indicate the amount you have collected for income tax payment and for Social Security and Medicare from employees, and the total amount owed for FICA that includes the your portion of the payroll tax. You must also clearly indicate the amounts you have deposited for the payroll taxes for which you are filing a return. Form 941 is complex, which is why you should always hire an IRS tax attorney to ensure seamless payment of payroll taxes.
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