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Federal Employer Tax Calendar for this Quarter
Important Tax Dates for this Quarter Important Tax Dates for this Year
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This tax calendar covers various due dates of interest to employers. Principally, it covers the following federal taxes.

  • Income tax you withhold from your employees' wages or from nonpayroll amounts you pay out.
  • Social security and Medicare taxes (FICA taxes) you withhold from your employees' wages and the social security and Medicare taxes you must pay as an employer.
  • Federal unemployment (FUTA) tax you must pay as an employer.

The calendar lists due dates for filing returns and for making deposits of these three taxes throughout the year. Use this calendar with Pub. 15 which gives the deposit rules.

Forms you may need - The following is a list and description of the primary employment tax forms you may need.

  1. Form 940, Employer's Annual Federal Unemployment (FUTA) Tax Return - This form is due the last day of the first calendar month after the calendar year ends. Use it to report the FUTA tax on wages you paid.
  2. Form 941, Employer's QUARTERLY Federal Tax Return - This form is due the last day of the first calendar month after the calendar quarter ends. Use it to report social security and Medicare taxes and withheld income taxes on wages if your employees aren't farm workers or household employees.
  3. Form 943, Employer's Annual Federal Tax Return for Agricultural Employees - This form is due the last day of the first calendar month after the calendar year ends. Use it to report social security and Medicare taxes and withheld income taxes on wages if your employees are farm workers.
  4. Form 944, Employer's ANNUAL Federal Tax Return - This form is due the last day of the first calendar month after the calendar year ends. Certain small employers use it instead of Form 941 to report social security and Medicare taxes and withheld income tax.
  5. Form 945, Annual Return of Withheld Federal Income Tax - This form is due the last day of the first calendar month after the calendar year ends. Use it to report income tax withheld on all nonpayroll items. A list of nonpayroll items is available in the Instructions for Form 945.

Fiscal-year taxpayers - The dates in this calendar apply whether you use a fiscal year or the calendar year as your tax year. The only exception is the date for filing Forms 5500, Annual Return/Report of Employee Benefit Plan, and 5500­EZ, Annual Return of One­Participant (Owners and Their Spouses) Retirement Plan. These employee benefit plan forms are due by the last day of the seventh month after the plan year ends. See July 31, later.

Extended due dates - If you timely deposit in full the tax you’re required to report on Form 940, 941, 943, 944, or 945, you may file the return by the 10th day of the second month that follows the end of the return period.

If you’re subject to the semiweekly deposit rule, use Table 2 near the end of this publication for your deposit due dates. However, if you accumulate $100,000 or more of taxes on any day during a deposit period, you must deposit the tax by the next business day instead of the date shown in Table 2.

Employer Federal Tax Calendar:
2nd Quarter 2017

The second quarter of a calendar year is made up of April, May, and June.

April 18:
Social security, Medicare, and withheld income tax. If the monthly deposit rule applies, deposit the tax for payments made in March.
Nonpayroll withholding. If the monthly deposit rule applies, deposit the tax for payments made in March.
Household employers. If you paid cash wages of $2,000 or more in 2016 to a household employee, you must file Schedule H (Form 1040). If you’re required to file a federal income tax return (Form 1040), file Schedule H (Form 1040) with the return and report any household employment taxes. Report any federal unemployment (FUTA) tax on Schedule H (Form 1040) if you paid total cash wages of $1,000 or more in any calendar quarter of 2015 or 2016 to household employees. Also, report any income tax you withheld for your household employees. For more information, see Pub. 926.
May 1:
Social security, Medicare, and withheld income tax. File Form 941 for the first quarter of 2017. Deposit or pay any undeposited tax under the accuracy of deposit rules. If your tax liability is less than $2,500, you can pay it in full with a timely filed return. If you deposited the tax for the quarter timely, properly, and in full, you have until May 10 to file the return.
Federal unemployment tax. Deposit the tax owed through March if more than $500.
May 10:
Social security, Medicare, and withheld income tax. File Form 941 for the first quarter of 2017. This due date applies only if you deposited the tax for the quarter timely, properly, and in full.
May 15:
Social security, Medicare, and withheld income tax. If the monthly deposit rule applies, deposit the tax for payments made in April.
Nonpayroll withholding. If the monthly deposit rule applies, deposit the tax for payments made in April.
June 15:
Social security, Medicare, and withheld income tax. If the monthly deposit rule applies, deposit the tax for payments made in May.
Nonpayroll withholding. If the monthly deposit rule applies, deposit the tax for payments made in May.
The information in this tax calendar comes from the Internal Revenue Service Publication 509.

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