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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 Publication 15 (Circular E), 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 are not 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. Nonpayroll items include the following.
    1. Backup withholding.
    2. Withholding on pensions, annuities, IRAs, and gambling winnings.
    3. Payments of Indian gaming profits to tribal members.

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 July31.

Extended due dates - If you timely deposit in full the tax you are required to report on Form 940, 941, 943, 944, or 945, you have an additional 10 calendar days to file that form.

If you are subject to the semiweekly deposit rule, see Table 2 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:
1st Quarter 1

The first quarter of a calendar year is made up of January, February, and March.

During January:
All employers. Give your employees their copies of Form W-2 for 2014 by February 2, 2015. If an employee agreed to receive Form W-2 electronically, post it on a website accessible to the employee and notify the employee of the posting by February 2
January 15:
Social security, Medicare, and withheld income tax. If the monthly deposit rule applies, deposit the tax for payments in December 2014.
Nonpayroll withholding. If the monthly deposit rule applies, deposit the tax for payments in December 2014.
February 2:
All employers. Give your employees their copies of Form W-2 for 2014. If an employee agreed to receive Form W-2 electronically, have it posted on a website and notify the employee of the posting.
Payers of gambling winnings. If you either paid reportable gambling winnings or withheld income tax from gambling winnings, give the winners their copies of Form W-2G.
Nonpayroll taxes. File Form 945 to report income tax withheld for 2014 on all nonpayroll items, including backup withholding and withholding on pensions, annuities, IRAs, gambling winnings, and payments of Indian gaming profits to tribal members. 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 year timely, properly, and in full, you have until February 10 to file the return.
Social security, Medicare, and withheld income tax. File Form 941 for the fourth quarter of 2014. 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 February 10 to file the return.
Farm employers. File Form 943 to report social security and Medicare taxes and withheld income tax for 2014. 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 year timely, properly, and in full, you have until February 10 to file the return.
Certain small employers. File Form 944 to report social security and Medicare taxes and withheld income tax for 2014. Deposit or pay any undeposited tax under the accuracy of deposit rules. If your tax liability is $2,500 or more for 2014 but less than $2,500 for the fourth quarter, deposit any undeposited tax or pay it in full with a timely filed return. If you deposited the tax for the year timely, properly, and in full, you have until February 10 to file the return.
Federal unemployment tax. File Form 940 for 2014. If your undeposited tax is $500 or less, you can either pay it with your return or deposit it. If it is more than $500, you must deposit it. However, if you deposited the tax for the year timely, properly, and in full, you have until February 10 to file the return.
February 10:
Certain small employers. File Form 944 to report social security and Medicare taxes and withheld income tax for 2014. This due date applies only if you deposited the tax for the year timely, properly, and in full.
Nonpayroll taxes. File Form 945 to report income tax withheld for 2014 on all nonpayroll items. This due date applies only if you deposited the tax for the year timely, properly, and in full.
Social security, Medicare, and withheld income tax. File Form 941 for the fourth quarter of 2014. This due date applies only if you deposited the tax for the quarter timely, properly, and in full.
Farm employers. File Form 943 to report social security and Medicare taxes and withheld income tax for 2014. This due date applies only if you deposited the tax for the year timely, properly, and in full.
Federal unemployment tax. File Form 940 for 2014. This due date applies only if you deposited the tax for the year timely, properly, and in full.
February 17:
Social security, Medicare, and withheld income tax. If the monthly deposit rule applies, deposit the tax for payments in January.
Nonpayroll withholding. If the monthly deposit rule applies, deposit the tax for payments in January.
February 18:
All employers. Begin withholding income tax from the pay of any employee who claimed exemption from withholding in 2014, but did not give you Form W-4 (or Form W-4(SP), Certificado de Exencin de Retenciones del Empleado, its Spanish version) to continue the exemption this year.
March 2:
Payers of gambling winnings. File Form 1096 along with Copy A of all the Forms W2G you issued for 2014.

If you file Forms W-2G electronically, your due date for filing them with the IRS will be extended to March 31. The due date for giving the recipient these forms remains February 2.
All employers. File Form W3, Transmittal of Wage and Tax Statements, along with Copy A of all the Forms W-2 you issued for 2014.

If you file Forms W-2 electronically, your due date for filing them with the SSA will be extended to March 31. The due date for giving the recipient these forms remains February 2.
Large food and beverage establishment employers. File Form 8027, Employer's Annual Information Return of Tip Income and Allocated Tips. Use Form 8027-T, Transmittal of Employer's Annual Information Return of Tip Income and Allocated Tips, to summarize and transmit Forms 8027 if you have more than one establishment.

If you file Forms 8027 electronically, your due date for filing them with the IRS will be extended to March 31.
March 16:
Social security, Medicare, and withheld income tax. If the monthly deposit rule applies, deposit the tax for payments in February.
Nonpayroll withholding. If the monthly deposit rule applies, deposit the tax for payments in February.
March 31:
Electronic filing of Forms W-2. File copies of all the Forms W2 you issued for 2014. This due date applies only if you electronically file. Otherwise, see March 2.

The due date for giving the recipient these forms remains February 2.
Electronic filing of Forms W-2G. File copies of all the Forms W2G you issued for 2014. This due date applies only if you electronically file. Otherwise, see March 2.

The due date for giving the recipient these forms remains February 2.

For information about filing Forms W-2G electronically, see Publication 1220.
Electronic filing of Forms 8027. File Forms 8027 for 2014. This due date applies only if you electronically file. Otherwise, see March 2.
The information in this tax calendar comes from the Internal Revenue Service Publication 509.