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If you own and operate a business with employees, you will need to know about when to deposit your payroll and withholding taxes depending on tax liability, and when to file the payroll tax 941, and 944 forms. If you are late depositing or filing your return, the IRS will impose penalties.

The following are the topics that are more specific about Form 941 penalty.

Penalties for failing to file Payroll Forms 941 and 944

If you fail to File your Form 941 or Form 944 by the deadline:

  • Your business will incur a penalty of 5% of the total tax amount due.
  • You will continue to be charged an additional 5% each month the return is not submitted to the IRS up to 5 months.
  • In addition to failing to file, if you did not pay your owed tax bill you will initially be charged .5% of the unpaid tax amount, and this fee will increase each month the payment remains unpaid. The penalty will increase to 1% ten days following the IRS notice of intent to levy.

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Penalties for failing to pay payroll taxes reportable on 941 and 944 Forms

In case, if you have failed to pay the balance due on the filed 941 forms, you will probably receive a CP161 notice from the IRS about the penalty.

The IRS will impose the penalty based on How much tax you owe and when you made the payment.

For example: Consider, you are responsible for paying $3000 to the IRS for the quarter and you have deposited your taxes after 20 days from the deadline. Now IRS will impose a penalty and send you a notice regarding the late payment. In this case, you will be liable for paying a penalty of $300 which is a 10% penalty rate of your taxes.

Penalty Calculator: Applicable Penalty Rates for not paying taxes

No. of Days the payment delayed Penalty Rate
One to five days 2%
Six to fifteen days 5%
Sixteen or more days 10%
10 Days After Receiving Notice from IRS 15%

Avoid Penalties. File your 941 and 944 Forms now with the IRS.

How to Avoid IRS Penalties and Interest?

Avoid penalties and interest with the following actions:

In order to avoid penalties, be sure to deposit or pay your owed IRS taxes by the deadline along with your Employer's Quarterly Tax Return Form. Also, make sure that you have report your tax liability without any errors.

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