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What is Federal Tax Form 944?

Employer’s Annual Tax Return Form 944 is used to report employment taxes specifically for small business owners to report annual federal income and FICA tax with the IRS. Small employers with $1,000/- or less in annual liability must file this return annually instead of quarterly in order to report annual social security, medicare, and withheld federal income tax.

Form 944 E-Filing Deadline

The deadline for filing Form 944 for the 2017 tax year is

940 Due Date

January 31, 2018

Note: If your tax deposits were made on time for 2017, you have until February 12, 2018 to file Form 944.

Information Required to File Form 944 Online

IRS Form 944 must be filed instead of Forms 941, 941-SS, or 941-PR in order to report the following amounts:

  • Wages paid
  • Tips reported to your by employees
  • Federal income tax withheld
  • Social Security and Medicare taxes
  • Deposits made to the IRS
  • Tax liability (monthly/semiweekly depositor)
  • Signing authority information
IRS Form 941 2017

Steps to E-File Form 944

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  • Select “Create New 944 Form”
  • Choose tax year
  • Complete form through our interview-style process
  • Enter deposit made to the IRS
  • Enter deposit schedule and tax liability
  • Enter the online signature PIN or complete Form 8453-EMP
  • Review, pay and transmit your form to the IRS

Penalties for not filing Form 944 on time

Failure to file IRS Form 944 by the deadline will result in a 5% penalty on tax owed for each month the return is late (this penalty caps at 25%). The IRS will also heavily penalize you for any late payment or for not paying the full amount owed. You will then be charged 2-15% of the unpaid tax which is determined by the number of days the amount remains unpaid.

The following types of employers should not file Form 944

  • Employers who have not been notified: If you are not notified by the IRS to file Form 944 , you should instead use Forms 941, 941-SS, or Form 941-PR.
  • Household employers: If you employ only household employees you will not file Form 944, but instead use Schedule H (Form 1040).
  • Agricultural employers: If you employ only agricultural employees, you will use Form 943 instead of Form 944.

Form 941 & Form 944: What if I Need to File Both?

If your annual liability for Social Security, Medicare, and withheld federal income tax is more than $1,000 and you are a Form 944 annual filer that must also file quarterly tax Form 941, 941-SS, or 941-PR, you must call the IRS between January 1, 2018 and April 2, 2018 or send a written request between January 1, 2018 and March 15, 2018.

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